So if we had a chance to visit it, surely we'd send a ragtag team of miners to blow it up, rather than travelling seven years to collect a bit of space dirt off the top?
In this week's episode of Watch This Space , we take a look at OSIRIS-REx -- NASA's mission to make contact with Bennu (for all of five seconds) to collect asteroid dust from the surface and bring it back to Earth.
OSIRIS-REx's Touch-and-Go-Sample-Acquisition-Mechanism (TAGSAM) will make contact with the asteroid and blast gas on its surface to sweep up a dust sample.
OSIRIS-REx (that stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft) arrived at Bennu on Dec. 3 and will spend a little less than a year surveying the asteroid for a suitable space to touch down.
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- NASA Highlights Asteroid Bennu, Earth's Polar Ice at AGU MeetingSpace Ref (press release)