This is what an asteroid looks like after playing tag with a spacecraft
April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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New images captured by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft after a close flyby April 7 show the aftermath of when it briefly touched down on the asteroid Bennu in October and collected 2 ounces of material. Boulders and dust were kicked up and moved, visible in before and after images.
(CNN)When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swept in to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020, it left a noticeable mark.
New images captured by the spacecraft after a close flyby of the asteroid April 7 show the aftermath following the brief touchdown of OSIRIS-REx, which had collected 2 ounces of rocky material.
During October's historic Touch-and-Go collection event, the sampling head of the spacecraft sank 1. 6 feet into the surface of the asteroid.
It was the first time a NASA spacecraft has touched down on an asteroid to collect a sample.
The flyby took nearly six hours, and the spacecraft came within 2. 1 miles of Bennu's surface, which was the closest proximity between OSIRIS-REx and the asteroid since it collected the sample.