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NASA's spacecraft, OSIRIS-Rex, has pioneered the most detailed images of the Pino asteroid to date, an indication of the continuing success of one of the most advanced spatial research campaigns in human history.
The latest PENO images were built with the NavCam 1, set on the & # 39; spacecraft, on January 17, 1.6 kilometers above the asteroid surface.
As I travel around Bennu during Orbital A, I do not have my scientific cameras; data collection. But my son NavCam 1 has "OpNav" pictures (short for optional address) here to help with & # 39; keep track of my way around the asteroid.
Image information ➡️ https://t.co/BLXn6GU6Myh mph East North Easterly
– NASA & OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) 23 January 2019
The pictures that show South Panole Pano in a very spectacular view, with first asteroid surveys, believe to be on Earth, continue to be a danger to life on it; our planet.
For those who watch home … I have traveled a little less than 2.2 billion km (1.4 billion miles) since I left the home in September. 2016.
I'll stay in an orbit around Bennu until the end of February when I start a series of Flybys for Detailed Study. More information: https://t.co/rACre4nDe4pic.twitter.com/39kkEYTzNC
– NASA & OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) January 28, 2019
The OSIRIS-Rex mission was launched in 2016, with the aim of learning and generating sample of the rock space of 1,700-foot (1,580 meters).
The Pino carriage arrived in December 2018, after having traveled 1.2 billion miles from Earth, but recently it started off; circulated around the asteroid, the smallest thing that was explored by a man's spaceship.
Pino is very small and has a deep field, so NavCam 1 is very important to keep up with the asteroid and keep it very hard on the orbit.
Just a day after he came to Pine, OSIRIS-Rex sent a pilot notice telling that there was water in the asteroid. The carriage will collect at least two ounces of samples to restore the Earth in 2023.