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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

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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