O NASA He published the images captured by the OSIRIS-REx mission, a probe sent to the asteroid Bennu in order to observe the characteristics and composition of its surface.
The black-and-white photos were captured by the OSCIS-REx spacecraft's NavCam1 camera last December and showcase various phases of its movement in addition to its north and south poles.
Bennu has a diameter of 500 meters and is rich in carbon. But most impressive is that astronomers predicted their approach to Earth in the year 2135.
The reasons that led to the NASA Looking more closely at this asteroid is basically due to three reasons:
– Bennu is considered potentially dangerous to the Earth due to its proximity and size. That's why the experts want to know more about your career.
"Besides, it's so ancient that it can reveal many secrets about the origins of the Solar System.
– Finally, researchers want to know whether their mineral resources and their water content can be exploited in the future
According to information from the NASAThis space rock orbits the Sun about 300,000 kilometers from Earth and would be the main potentially dangerous object for our planet.