NASA probe photographed the asteroid Bennu

Зонд NASA сфотографировал астероид Бенну

The asteroid angular and lie on the surface of large boulders

The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx carries a payload of five scientific instruments which he will use to study the asteroid. Further, the probe should land on Bennu and take soil samples.

 

The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx photographed the asteroid Bennu from a distance of about 330 km. the Picture was taken on October 29, it took four days. For a moment while OSIRIS-REx took a picture of, Bennu turned around 1.2°, writes Gizmodo.

“The spacecraft was moving when doing these shots with PolyCam camera, and Benn turned 1.2 degrees for nearly one minute, held between the first and last images. The team used the algorithm of superresolution is to combine eight images,” said NASA.

The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx carries a payload of five scientific instruments which he will use to study the asteroid. Further, the probe should land on Bennu and take soil samples. Back to earth the device is scheduled for 2023.

In addition to the main objectives of the mission to return a unique sample from the asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will also study the surface and composition of the asteroid, which measures the impact of sunlight on its orbit.

“In December of 2018 we will begin to image from MapCam, another one of the cameras of the mission, with the help of color filters. This will allow us to create color map and study the geographical distribution of different materials on Bennu, including silicates modified by the presence of liquid water,” said Javier Licandro, a researcher from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, who was involved in the processing of this image.

Bennu refers to the carbon in the asteroid spectral class B. it is Assumed that such asteroids could be suppliers of complex organic compounds and water on the young Earth. The orbit of the Earth and Bennu overlap, the probability of collision with him scientists estimate one to 4 thousand.

Earlier, NASA reported that the Earth is approaching a large asteroid SP1. In size it is comparable to the clock tower, big Ben in London.
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