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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

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Asteroid Bennu ejecting particles

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images taken on board NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightne

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid's surface.

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