New mission phase alert! Orbital C began just over a week ago. At an altitude of 1.1 miles (1.7 km), this new orbit is slightly higher than Orbital B. Orbital C is designed to study and monitor asteroid Bennu’s particle ejection events.
The spacecraft is about the size of a 15-passenger van, so for a familiar perspective, here’s what each candidate site on Bennu would look like in a standard parking lot… Order left to right: Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey, Sandpiper Nightingale,
Site Nightingale: Located in Bennu’s far north, Nightingale is set in a large crater that is 459 ft (140 m) in diameter. Nightingale contains mostly fine-grained, dark material and has the lowest albedo and surface temperature of the four sites. Sit
Here’s the location of each of the 4 candidate sites on Bennu. The sites are named after birds native to Egypt 🦅 which complements the mission’s other naming conventions – Egyptian deities (the asteroid and spacecraft) and mythological birds (surface
It’s official. We’ve selected the Final Four sites on asteroid Bennu for sample collection! One of these will end up being the site for our touchdown event next year. Visit our Instagram story for the link to learn more about the site selection proc
The IAU has approved a theme for naming surface features on Bennu! The asteroid’s boulders, craters, peaks and trenches will be named after mythological birds and bird-like creatures. Visit our Instagram story to learn more
By request! Here’s a different perspective on that crater within a crater in Bennu’s southern hemisphere. This image was taken while in a terminator orbit, so you can see the line of dawn on the left. The shadows from this viewing angle provide a goo
We’ve spent months getting thousands of images of Bennu from every possible angle. So now it’s time to show off… which features do you want to see more of, but from a different perspective? Comment on an image of your favorite feature letting us kno
Look at this small world. An epic image to wrap up our tour of Bennu through Baseball Diamond phase imagery. This image captures some of Bennu’s most recognizable features—Bennu’s largest boulder (lower right), Bennu’s darkest boulder (upper left on
You did it! Congratulations to the entire Hayabusa2 team from all of us at OSIRIS-REx. Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully executed its second sample collection touchdown on asteroid Ryugu earlier today.
Um. Whoa. This crater appears pretty flat in the first image. But looking at the second image = speechless. These two images of Bennu’s southern hemisphere and equatorial region were taken 17 minutes apart. They were taken on April 19 from 2.3 mile
Haven’t shown you this crater yet. A crater inside of a crater. And we thought rocks on top of rocks were perplexing. 🤨 Here’s a portion of Bennu’s southern hemisphere. Visible in the image are Bennu’s prime meridian boulder (right) and a crater tha
This view though. It’s uncanny. Craters, boulders, and rocks are familiar to us, since we have them on Earth. But these features feel unfamiliar when looking at Bennu’s landscape. Here’s a view Bennu’s darkest boulder (upper left near horizon) and a