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Bennu as a point of light

Bennu as a point of light

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Bennu as a point of light
On 17 August 2018, OSIRIS-REx obtained the first images of its target asteroid Bennu from a distance of 2.2 million km, or almost six times the distance between the Earth and Moon. This cropped set of five images was obtained by the PolyCam camera over the course of an hour for calibration purposes and in order to assist the mission’s navigation team with optical navigation efforts. Bennu is visible as a moving object against the stars in the constellation Serpens.

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Original image data dated on or about August 17, 2018

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