Asteroid Bennu and Milky Way

Asteroid Bennu and Milky Way

C029/9018 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 55.2MB

Downloadable file size: 11.6MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/GSFC/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Asteroid Bennu and Milky Way. Asteroid 101955 Bennu (discovered in 1999) will be visited in 2018 by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission (launching 8 September 2016). The spacecraft will study it and return a sample to Earth for analysis in 2023. The asteroid may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the source of water and organic molecules found on Earth. Initial Earth-based radar surveys indicate that Bennu's shape is a lumpy ball that gets thicker around the middle. After OSIRIS-REx surveys Bennu, a new model will be developed to map asteroid's shape. For the global maps, information from the spacecraft's instruments will be overlaid on the shape model. Image published in June 2016.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1, 101955 bennu, 2016, 2018, 2023, 21st century, asteroid, asteroid bennu, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, bennu, galaxy, mapping, milky way, model, no-one, nobody, one, origins spectral interpretation resource identification security regolith explorer, osiris-rex, planetary science, sample-return mission, shape, single, solar system, space

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.