NASA has revealed images of Bennu, the closest asteroid to Earth


Bennu, the closest asteroid to Earth, passes close to our planet once every six years and is estimated to hit between 2175 and 2199, although the odds are minimal.

That's why in 2016 the NASA he launched the Osiris-Rex probe, with the mission to land on the asteroid to get fragments of this and then study them.

Although the goal is to touch the surface of Bennu in 2020, the probe has already begun to send images of this rocky body about 1,600 feet in diameter.

The photographs, published through the official Twitter account of the US space agency, were acquired by a PolyCam camera on the probe OSIRIS-Rex, at a distance of 3 miles from the asteroid.

In them, one can see the largest rock in the northern hemisphere of Bennu, which reaches a height of 75 feet, explains NASA.

From the OSIRIS-REx Twitter account, they explained the images: "This is a good example of some of the oblique viewing angles we are working on to get to Bennu".

This asteroid is composed of pieces that have been separated by a larger body and then joined by the effects of gravity. It has over 200 rocks that exceed 32 feet in diameter, reaching in some cases 98 feet.

Although there is only a 0.037% chance that Bennu will have an impact on land in several years, if it did, it would create a crater about 3 miles in diameter, releasing an energy 70,000 times greater than that of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, according to NASA calculations.

However, Mike Donnelly, head of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center mission, said there was no reason to worry, because "at that point, OSIRIS-REx data will help us make better predictions about Bennu's orbit" .

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