OSIRIS-REx Spends Nearly Six Hours Imaging Asteroid Bennu in Flyby Wednesday Written 8 April 2021


Artist's rendition of OSIRIS-REx | NASA

CNET News reports that on Wednesday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft conducted a flyover of asteroid Bennu, from which it had collected a sample in October 2020. NASA said that it decided to do the flyby to examine “the extent of the mess it made” on the asteroid when it collected the sample. NASA “said Osiris-Rex successfully completed the flyover and spent nearly six hours imaging the asteroid.” In a Wednesday statement, NASA said, “It will take until at least April 13 for Osiris-Rex to downlink all of the data and new pictures of Bennu’s surface recorded during the flyby.”
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