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NASA released the closest shot of the near-Earth asteroid 101955, Bennu, earlier in the week.
The image, taken by the space agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, was shot at a distance of 0.4 miles or 690 yards, up Bennu on Jan. 17, 2019 at the latest.
In the figure, the part of the Bennu is the sun and half in shadow.
“Bennu, the stone can also be seen from the southern hemisphere,” NASA said in a press release.
NASA has released a photo of a Bennu, a lot of what you see here, but the last picture is the closest shot of the space rock’s surface. The asteroid has a diameter of about 1700 meters.
This is the image of the asteroid Bennu, it was released on the 13th of June, 2019 at the latest, shortly after NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been carried out a second orbit insertion maneuver.
(Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin)
The space agency describes the process of taking a picture of:
“The photo was taken at a distance of 0.4 km (690 m) above the surface of the asteroid by the NavCam is 1, one of the three navigation-based cameras, which consist of the spacecraft TAGCAMS (a Touch-and-Go Camera System) suite of products. At this distance, the details so tiny as 1.6 ft (0.5 m), on the other side, can be fixed in the middle of the picture.”
NASA’s spacecraft will reach Bennu in December, after a very long journey through space.
The researchers believe that the asteroid will be able to answer questions about the origins of our solar system.
OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, which was launched in September 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It carries five data-taking tools, and it is the intention to return with samples of the asteroid.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.