NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Speeds Toward Asteroid Rendezvous
NASA's first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system. Ref. Source 9w.
This asteroid seems to provide researchers different fields of science since the rock's reaction to certain laws are different. Asteroid Bennu is as tall as the empire state building, which is around 443m (Including the pole)! Imagine the damage this can cause if it ever lands the Earth.
Sand-sized meteoroids are peppering asteroid Bennu. A new study posits that the major particle ejections off the near-Earth asteroid Bennu may be the consequence of impacts by small, sand-sized particles called meteoroids onto its surface as the object nears the Sun. Source 3z.