A long way from home: NASA spacecraft grabs stunning snapshot of Earth from 70 MILLION miles away

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An asteroid-circling spacecraft has captured a unique snapshot of home. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture days before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve. The tiny asteroid - barely one-third of a mile (500 meters) across - appears as a big bright blob in the long-exposure photo released last week. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu. Seventy million miles (110 million kilometers) away, Earth appears as a white dot in the lower left, with the moon an even smaller dot but still clearly visible.


Nasa's asteroid-hunting spacecraft will blast off tomorrow

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Tomorrow Nasa hopes to launch a spacecraft on its journey towards an asteroid, where it will collect and return samples that experts believe may hold the building blocks of life. Nasa's OSRIS-REx spacecraft will travel for two years to reach Bennu, and plans to return to Earth in 2023. Fitted with sensors, the craft will map out the surface of the asteroid in order to address basic questions about the composition of the very early solar system. Nasa will launch a spacecraft on its journey towards an asteroid, where it will collect and return samples that experts believe may hold the building blocks of life. Nasa's OSIRIS-REx will travel for two years to reach Bennu (illustration pictured) Thanks to observations from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, scientists already know the roundish Bennu is about 1,600 feet (487 metres) across at its bulging middle and the colour of coal, indicative of carbon richness.


NASA spacecraft enters orbit around ancient asteroid Bennu ahead of 2020 sample return mission

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A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It's the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. The animation above shows our closest look yet at the space rock, showing Bennu in one full rotation from about distance 50 miles away (80 km). Data obtained from the spacecraft's two spectrometers, the OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) and the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), reveal the presence of molecules that contain oxygen and hydrogen atoms bonded together, known as'hydroxyls.'


Nasa's asteroid-hunting spacecraft set to blast off TONIGHT

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Later today Nasa hopes to launch a spacecraft on its journey towards an asteroid, where it will collect and return samples that experts believe may hold the building blocks of life. Nasa's OSRIS-REx spacecraft will travel for two years to reach Bennu, and plans to return to Earth in 2023. Fitted with sensors, the craft will map out the surface of the asteroid in order to address basic questions about the composition of the very early solar system. Final preparations: Forecasters said good weather was expected for the 7:05 PM EDT launch. But Nasa has until mid-October to send the SUV-size spacecraft on its way.


Nasa's asteroid-bound spacecraft will blast off next month: Probe will scan for building blocks of life and bring samples back to Earth

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Next month Nasa will launch a spacecraft on its journey towards an asteroid, where it will collect and return samples that experts believe may hold the building blocks of life. Nasa's OSRIS-REx spacecraft will travel for two years to reach Bennu, and plans to return to Earth in 2023. Fitted with sensors, the craft will map out the surface of the asteroid in order to address basic questions about the composition of the very early solar system. Next month Nasa will launch a spacecraft on its journey towards an asteroid, where it will collect and return samples that experts believe may hold the building blocks of life. Nasa's OSIRIS-REx will travel for two years to reach Bennu (illustration pictured) 'This mission exemplifies our nation's quest to boldly go and study our solar system and beyond to better understand the universe and our place in it,' said Geoff Yoder, acting associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.