Bennu the Asteroid – July 10, 2019

Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid that was discovered on September 11, 1999. It is a potentially hazardous object that has a 1-in-2700 chance of impacting Earth between the years 2175 and 2199. Bennu is the target of NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission, which arrived in 2018. Its goal is to return samples to Earth by 2023. NASA has partnered with CosmoQuest to allow citizen scientists a chance to map out rocks, boulders and craters on the surface to help mission scientists develop a hazard map and decide the safest regions to grab a sample. Join the effort here!