NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Helpful resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft has bought unique pictures of Bennu, a 1,614-foot (492 m) extensive asteroid that orbits the Sun comparatively shut to the Earth.
This image of asteroid Bennu used to be captured on January 17, 2019, from a distance of about one mile. Picture credit: NASA / Goddard / College of Arizona / Lockheed Martin.
After a two-one year trot, OSIRIS-REx arrived at Bennu (beforehand 1999 RQ36) on December 3, 2018.
At 2:43 p.m. EST (7:43 GMT) on December 31, the spacecraft successfully entered a one-mile (1.75 km) orbit exact thru the asteroid.
This happy distance is significant to grasp the probe locked to the asteroid.
Undoubtedly some of the significant dreams of this orbital section is to gain a smarter take care of on Bennu’s mass and gravity, capabilities that can impact the planning of the comfort of the mission.
“For the length of this section, OSIRIS-REx’s NavCam 1 camera is often imaging Bennu’s surface, although its scientific camera suite (OCAMS) isn’t very collecting records,” the OSIRIS-REx team participants said.
“We exercise these ‘OpNav’ pictures to show screen the spacecraft’s shut orbit exact thru the asteroid.”
This image of Bennu used to be captured on January 17, 2019. Picture credit: NASA / Goddard / College of Arizona / Lockheed Martin.
These two unique pictures of Bennu, which every and each have an exposure time of about 1.4 milliseconds, were captured on January 17, 2019.
The pictures train the southern hemisphere of the asteroid.
The immense boulder — fully viewed in the guts of the left frame and in partial shadow in decrease allotment of the second frame — is ready 165 feet (50 m) exact thru.