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NASA captures the first photos of Benno's "apocalypse asteroid" that could hit the Earth



NASA's Space Spectrum, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security Regulatory Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) recently entered orbit around the asteroid Bennu, which is now 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth.

NASA has shot the image of the 500-meter-wide asteroid Bennu using the highest Osiris-Rex spacecraft, according to a statement.

The 1,600-meter-stone, which was designated as the apocalypse asteroid, lies between Earth and Mars and weighs 87 million tons and is orbiting the Sun at the moment.

Scientists believe Bennu has one of 2,700 chances to hit our planet in the next century, according to Daily Star.

In December last year, NASA's mission revealed the presence of water in the clay of the asteroid Bennu.

The presence of water or molecules similar to water is expected to provide clues as to how the solar system and the history of its planets have been formed, according to NASA.

OSIRIS-Rex is currently orbiting Bennu, examining possible landing places where the spacecraft will attempt to take a sample and return to Earth in 2023, according to the US space agency's announcement.


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