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Asteroid Bennu Spews Rock Dust, Makes Sampling Challenging

26 Mar 2019, 17:04 UTC
Asteroid Bennu Spews Rock Dust, Makes Sampling Challenging NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made a most exciting discovery recently — particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter its flight and sample collection plans, due to the rough terrain.

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