Scientists hope that this data will help them prepare for a mission to alter the asteroid’s course if necessary.
The OSIRIS-REx mission to collect samples from “Bennu” will reach Earth this week and land in the Utah desert on September 24 of this year. These samples will be used to study the asteroid’s composition and the origins of life on Earth.
“Bennu” is considered a small asteroid with a diameter of about 492 meters and does not pose a significant threat to Earth, but it could create a large crater if it were to collide.
Scientists view the mission of collecting and analyzing samples from “Bennu” as an opportunity to understand the formation of the solar system and the origins of life on Earth millions of years ago.