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Asteroid-circling spacecraft grabs cool snapshot of home
Technology
Published in 9-1-2019
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) An asteroid-circling spacecraft has captured a cool snapshot of home. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture days before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve. The tiny asteroid barely one-third of a mile (500 meters) across appears as a big bright blob in the long-exposure photo released last week. Seventy million miles (110 million kilometers) away, Earth appears as a white dot, with the moon an even smaller dot but still clearly visible. Osiris-Rex is the first spacecraft to orbit such a small celestial body, and from such a close distance about a mile (1,600 meters) out.
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