Now, as NASA prepares to study the asteroid for months, the OSIRIS-REx team has shown the most impressive Bennu image ever. Captured from orbit by the detector's NavCam imaging tool, these photos give us a better understanding of the surface of Bennu debris scattering.
Two photos released by NASA, with incredible details, show Bennu's rock surface covered with debris of different sizes. OSIRIS-REx will eventually have to choose a place where asteroid material samples can be captured, as it will try to avoid the many jagged rocks we see in the image.
"These two OpNav images of Bennu's southern hemisphere, each with an exposure time of about 1.4 milliseconds, were taken from a distance of about a mile on 17 January," NASA wrote. "They have been tailored and their contrast has been adjusted to better display surface features." NASA says the second image shows a large stone about 165 feet in diameter.
OSIRIS-REx will study the asteroid's surface next year, get various readings and return them to Earth. Ultimately, OSIRIS-REx will bring asteroid samples back to Earth.