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NASA reveals Bennu’s entire surface in first high-resolution global map

NASA reveals Bennu’s entire surface in first high-resolution global map

NASA has given the public its first high-resolution look at asteroid Bennu's global surface. The details are revealed in a newly published global map of the asteroid, one that is currently the focus of NASA's OSIRIS-REx space mission. As we've seen in previously shared images, the asteroid has a very rocky surface filled with large boulders, which was an unexpected complication for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

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New Pallas images reveal the asteroid looks like a giant golf ball

New Pallas images reveal the asteroid looks like a giant golf ball

A study recently published in Nature Astronomy reveals images of an asteroid called Pallas -- one that, it turns out, looks like a giant golf ball. The appearance is due to a large number of craters on the asteroid's surface, one so full of pockmarks that it looks like it was aggressively damaged. The asteroid, which is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, was discovered in the early 1800s.

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NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

As we recently reported, NASA is busy determining the best possible location for its OSIRIS-REx mission to pluck a sample from the rocky asteroid Bennu. After quite a bit of work, the team behind the mission has narrowed down the list of candidates to four favorable locations, two of which will eventually be declared the primary and backup locations for collecting the sample.

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NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA plans to take a sample from the asteroid Bennu next year, but it must choose the best spot for the mission before it instructs its spacecraft to descend. In an announcement this week, NASA revealed the final four candidate sites it has selected for this sample mission, each of which has been named and will be studied over the next four months.

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Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Bennu, the asteroid currently being explored by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will have its various features named after mythological birds and 'bird-like creatures,' according to NASA. The decision was made by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and NASA. A variety of features on the asteroid will be named, including craters, rocks, boulders, trenches, grooves, ridges, and peaks.

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ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

Late in July, astronomers were caught off guard by the sudden presence of a large asteroid only hours away from zooming past Earth. Called 2019 OK, this asteroid measured around 426ft in diameter and came closer to Earth than the Moon. Experts previously shared a video showing the asteroid's trajectory in relation to our planet, but a new view from the European Space Agency shows the asteroid itself.

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Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

The Internet is abuzz with news about a large asteroid that zoomed past Earth on July 25, catching scientists by surprise. Though experts are tracking a large number of near-Earth objects, yesterday's asteroid 2019 OK wasn't one of them. Details about the event are rolling in and joining them is an animation that helps the public visualize just how close the asteroid came to our planet.

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NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured a stunning high contrast image of the asteroid Bennu during its record-breaking orbit, the space agency has announced. The image was captured on June 13 from an orbit taking place 0.4-miles above the asteroid's surface, making it the closest-ever orbit performed by a spacecraft. The asteroid's rocky, jagged surface is displayed in incredible detail.

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NASA plans fake asteroid impact exercise to see how people respond

NASA plans fake asteroid impact exercise to see how people respond

NASA and FEMA both plan to participate in a 'tabletop exercise' with international partners that will help the agencies form a plan for responding to a real-life emergency asteroid impact threat. The faux emergency will take place at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference next week, where NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) will join FEMA, the ESA, and others.

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Hubble captures rare image of an active asteroid disintegrating

Hubble captures rare image of an active asteroid disintegrating

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare image of an active asteroid that is in the process of self-destructing, the ESA and NASA have jointly announced. The image features asteroid (6478) Gault, which was discovered in 1988 and is estimated to have a width of at least 2.5 miles / 4km. Visible in the image are two debris tails, which experts say are signs that the asteroid is disintegrating.

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NASA JPL just canceled hippo-asteroid armageddon

NASA JPL just canceled hippo-asteroid armageddon

This weekend a hippopotamus-shaped asteroid will pass by our planet within observation distance of several major telescopes in the United States. The asteroid is massive - around 1 mile (or 1.6 kilometers) in length with a shape like that of a potato. The folks at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory have described the asteroid as having a shape "similar to that of the exposed portion of a hippopotamus wading in a river."

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NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA has announced the successful arrival of its Origins, Spectral, Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, better known as "OSIRIS-REx." The spacecraft has traveled more than two billion miles over more than two years, according to the space agency, which has shared an animation showing a full rotation of the Bennu asteroid.

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