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Surprise! — Asteroid Bennu caught spewing particles into space

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn’t been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space.

OSIRIS-REx captures first images of asteroid Bennu

Osiris-REx, NASA's asteroid-sampling spacecraft, has captured its very first images of the deep-space target it’s currently hurtling toward — a nearly half-mile-wide space rock orbiting the Sun named Bennu.

After two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx closes in on asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has met another milestone in its seven-year mission. OSIRIS began its final approach toward the 1,650-foot-wide space rock on August 17, officially beginning its "asteroid operations" phase.

NASA's asteroid sample mission gets go-ahead

Littleton - An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday.

Asteroid mission offers (nominal) immortality for all

Tucson - NASA and the Planetary Society have issued a global invitation to individuals to have their names etched on a microchip that will be on board a spacecraft launching in 2016. The spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu two years later.
 

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When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu  it will study the asteroid from a distance...
When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu, it will study the asteroid from a distance before swooping down and grabbing a sample. On board of the craft will be the names of everybody participating in the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign.
NASA/University of Arizona
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As OSIRIS-REx surveys asteroid Bennu in detail  the mission team is beginning to identify potential ...
As OSIRIS-REx surveys asteroid Bennu in detail, the mission team is beginning to identify potential locations for the spacecraft to collect a sample.
NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29  2014.
Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29, 2014.
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This view of the asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 19  2019  was created by...
This view of the asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 19, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft: a short-exposure photo, which shows the asteroid clearly, and a long-exposure version, which shows the particles clearly.
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A computer-generated illustration shows the likely shape of Bennu  a pristine carbonacous asteroid m...
A computer-generated illustration shows the likely shape of Bennu, a pristine carbonacous asteroid measuring about a third of a mile across. Bennu is the target of the UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission .
NASA/University of Arizona

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