June 10, 2020: They’re close enough now to be on a first-name basis with many of Bennu’s surface features as well as make some historic observations.
Rocks on asteroid Bennu appear to be cracking as they heat up and cool down — a process called thermal fracturing. OSIRIS-REx has provided scientists with the first-ever opportunity to observe this process on an object with no atmosphere.
— NASA's OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) June 9, 2020
Update, March 16, 2019:
New asteroid science ahoy! ☄️ Listen in on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30pm EDT as experts from my team discuss highlights of the things they have learned by studying Bennu at close range over the past 3 months: https://t.co/yGAfe9VbUZ #NASAScience #BennuRevealed pic.twitter.com/z7tI8P49TD
— NASA's OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) March 14, 2019
November 5, 2018: They’re getting close enough to image the asteroid now, and have found something intriguing:
Bennu continues to amaze! This image has been stretched to highlight the surface reflectance variations. Those dark areas have got the team buzzing with excitement! pic.twitter.com/9vzZFcTzpV
— Dante Lauretta (@DSLauretta) November 6, 2018
We’ve gone into a space a lot this week–let’s keep going and celebrate the launch of OSIRIS-REx on September 8, 2016.
— NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) September 8, 2018
Here’s an update. (Note: Look at the graphic on the wall behind her when they tell you what DSN is – that’s actually showing the Deep Space Network in real-time operation, and the moving lines are transmissions to and from various spacecraft.)
And here’s the basic mission . . .
WAIT! WHAT ABOUT ME????!!!–Asteroid Bennu
Oh, all right, Bennu:
Now then, here’s the basic OSIRIS-REx mission video.
Featured image: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center