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The unexpected surface of asteroid (101955) Bennu

Lauretta, D. S.; DellaGiustina, D. N.; Bennett, C. A.; Ireland, Trevor; Golish, D. R.; Becker, K. J.; Balram-Knutson, S. S.; Barnouin, O. S.; Becker, T. L.; Bottke, William; Boynton, W. V.


NASA’S Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft recently arrived at the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu, a primitive body that represents the objects that may have brought prebiotic molecules and volatiles such as water to Earth 1 . Bennu is a low-albedo B-type asteroid 2 that has been linked to organic-rich hydrated carbonaceous chondrites 3 . Such meteorites are altered by ejection from their parent body and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1033-6


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