Karrishma Modhy | Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 05:36 PM IST, DNA webdesk
An unmanned NASA spacecraft called OSIRIS-Rex which launched a year ago on September 8, traveling to a distant asteroid veered toward Earth for a gravitational slingshot maneuver that will better aim it toward the Sun-orbiting space rock, Bennu.
The above image was taken just hours after the spacecraft completed its Earth Gravity Assist at a range of approximately 106,000 miles (170,000 kilometers).
Visible in this image are the Pacific Ocean and several familiar landmasses, including Australia in the lower left, and Baja California and the southwestern United States in the upper right.
The dark vertical streaks at the top of the image are caused by short exposure times (less than three milliseconds).
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