NASA launched the OSIRIS-REx probe in September 2016 for an asteroid called 101955 Bennu. The OSIRIS-REx detector acquired a large amount of data and images when it arrived at its destination a few months ago. Scientists know that Bennu's rock surface is very hard. It contains water and emits granular plumes.
NASA plans to allow OSIRIS-REx to spend two years observing asteroids, a process that will involve searching for ideal locations where samples can be collected. The Bennu mission is unique in that NASA plans to use robotic arms attached to spacecraft to collect rocks and loose dust on the surface of asteroids.
The samples will be safely stored in the spacecraft and, assuming everything goes according to plan, will be sent back to Earth in September 2023. This is an incredibly ambitious effort that has once again produced an incredible image.
According to the latest images shared by NASA's OSIRIS-REx team on Twitter, OSIRIS-REx took this picture shortly after it entered orbit on June 13.
The NavCam 1 navigation camera on OSIRIS-REx captured the image, showing details up to 1.6 feet wide. In the second orbit called orbital B, the probe breaks the shortest distance a man-made spacecraft spins around a planet. The spacecraft is currently hovering in orbit less than half a mile from Bennu.