The spacecraft of NASA captured the asteroid Bennu

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security Regolith Explorer) spacecraft was launched over two years ago, in September 2016 with the goal of exploring the Bennu asteroid.

Nasa's pioneering Dawn spacecraft - which orbited the two largest objects in the asteroid belt - has run out of fuel, ending a historic 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system, the U.S. space agency said. "The team used a super-resolution algorithm to combine the eight images and produce a higher resolution view of the asteroid".

These first images of Bennu present a remarkable similarity with the ones recently obtained by the JAXA Hayabusa2 mission of another primitive asteroid, Ryugu. For a moment while OSIRIS-REx took a picture of, Bennu turned around 1.2°, writes Gizmodo.

"The fact that the Japanese mission has reached its target a little ahead of us turns out to be extremely interesting, as we can now interpret our results and compare to the results obtained by another mission nearly in real time". The mission is scheduled to arrive at Bennu on December 3. Once there, the spacecraft will spend the better part of a year-and-a-half surveying the asteroid.The hope is to bring a small piece of the asteroid back Earth in 2023.

The IAC team, which is part of the Image Processing Working Group(IPWG) of the mission, includes also Juan Luis Rizos García, who is now doing his PhD at the IAC with the images of Bennu obtained by OSIRIS-REx.

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"Today, we celebrate the end of our Dawn mission - its incredible technical achievements, the vital science it gave us, and the entire team who enabled the spacecraft to make these discoveries", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of Nasa's Science Mission Directorate here.

Also known as Asteroid Bennu, the Doomsday Space Rock is 500 metres long and is predicted to crash to Earth during the 22nd century.

Researchers also suggest that this ancient asteroid could hold clues to the origin of life.

After arrival, OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will perform a series of flybys over Bennu's surface and measure it topography in detail. "This will allow us to create color map and study the geographical distribution of different materials on Bennu, including silicates modified by the presence of liquid water", explains Javier Liendo of IAC, is also involved in the mission.

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