What happened just now? NASA's spacecraft OSIRIS-REx recently broke its own record when it captured a highly detailed image of an asteroid as it circled the body closer than any spaceship previously.
Already in September 2016, NASA launched its spacecraft OSIRIS-REx with a seven-year mission to collect samples from an asteroid named Bennu and return home by 2023. The mission known as Orbital B, in which it merges into one Orbit of only 680 meters above the asteroid surface. This distance is the smallest distance yet of a spacecraft revolving around a planetary body. The previous record of 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) was also set up by OSIRIX-REx last December. The image of the 78 billion kilogram asteroid "was taken from a distance of 690 meters (0.4 miles) above sea level asteroid surface with NavCam 1
This is the view from the narrowest orbit that a spaceship ever made around a planetary body Has.
This navigation image of the asteroid Bennu was taken just after the orbit began on June 13 from a distance of 0.6 km. (690 m).
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– OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) of NASA June 17, 2019  The close-up and Bennu's detailed picture shows half of the sunlight-lit rock and the other full darkness with the largest boulder of the asteroid jutting out of its southern hemisphere. Also offers a cool wallpaper.
Earlier results of the mission have revealed that Bennu is full of minerals, which means a lot of water in its molecular structure and a surface covered with rocks and caves. According to NASA, the spacecraft will remain in its current orbit until the second week of August and then move to a higher orbital C for additional particle observations.
The OSIRIX-REx team will use data collected from Orbital B In order to assess the safety and probability of taking a sample from any potential location on the Bennu asteroid, an event will be held in the summer of 2020, during which the spacecraft will host its Sample until September 2023 on the earth supplies.
Thumbnail Credits: University of Arizona, main image: NASA