NASA shares final photo taken by OSIRIS-REx of asteroid Bennu

Not long ago, NASA had its spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx make one final flyby of asteroid Bennu before departing for the long trip back to Earth.

One reason for the flyby was so that the spacecraft can capture an image showing the aftermath of its encounter with the asteroid.

On that final flyby, OSIRIS-REx flew within 2.3 miles of the asteroid, which is the closest it has been to Bennu since the sample collection event last October.

At the sample collection point, there is a depression with several large boulders seen near the bottom of the image.

Capturing the final flyby image required lots of planning because they had to be taken from very near the same position and the same time of day to be comparable.

The spacecraft will approach the Earth and jettison its Sample Return Capsule which will enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land using parachutes at the Utah Test and Training Range on September 24, 2023.

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