OSIRIS-REx first photographed the asteroid Bennu

After almost two years of flight, the OSIRIS-REx apparatus proceeded to the final stage of rapprochement with its goal - a small near-earth asteroid Bennu (101955 Bennu). On August 17, an automatic station performed the first test survey of a small planet. At that moment, she was at a distance of 2.2 million km from Bennu. This is about six times larger than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
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In the next few months, OSIRIS-REx will perform a series of remote observations of the asteroid. They will help to clarify its size, shape and orbital characteristics. In October, the station will begin a series of maneuvers, which gradually equalize its speed with the orbital velocity of Bennu.
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OSIRIS-REx will reach its goal on December 3, 2018. During the first month of operation, the station will map the Bennu surface from a height of 7 to 19 km and measure its gravitational field. The obtained data will allow specialists to proceed to the selection of the site from which samples of the asteroid substance will be taken.This operation is scheduled for July 2020.
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In total, OSIRIS-REx will spend over two years visiting Bennu. The station will fall on the reverse course with our planet in March 2021. According to the mission plan, an asteroid substance capsule will have to land at the test site in Utah on September 24, 2023.

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