NASA's OSIRIS-REx TAGs Surface of Asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx TAGs Surface of Asteroid Bennu

Captured on October 20, 2020, during the OSIRIS-REx mission's Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager's field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu's surface, over 200 million miles (321 million km) away from Earth. The sampling event brought the spacecraft down to sample site Nightingale, touching down within three feet (one meter) of the targeted location. Preliminary data show the one-foot-wide (0.3-meter-wide) sampling head touched Bennu's surface for approximately 6 seconds, after which the spacecraft performed a back-away burn. NASA/UPI