A "potentially dangerous" astroid believed to be harboring alien life is barrelling towards Earth. NASA's US space agency has calculated that there is one of 2,700 chance of the asteroid, dubbed Bennu, slamming into our planet in the next century, ending life on Earth as we know it. NASA's Bennu-chasing OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has snapped incredibly detailed shots of the deadly space rock more than 1.4 billion miles away.
OSIRIS-REx has been orbiting Bennu since the beginning of 2019, in an attempt to learn more about the asteroid.
Measuring just 1,600 ft (500 m) across, Bennu is the smallest object ever to be orbited by an
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The OSIRIS-REx Twitter account tweeted: "As I fly around Bennu during Orbital A, my scientific cameras are not collecting data. help monitor my path around the aste roid. "
OSIRIS-REx blasted off Earth two years ago for a mission to study and return with a sample of Bennu in 2023.
OSIRIS-REx will orbit Bennu for the rest of the year before approaching close enough (1
The OSIRIS-REx Twitter account added: "For those keeping track at home I
" I'll be in orbit around Bennu until late February when I start a series of flybys for Detailed Survey. "
As a result, Benna is believed to be a carbon-rich rock potentially containing alien organic matter.
A NASA statement explained: "Bennu's analysis will help planetary scientists better understand the role asteroids may have played in delivering life-forming compounds to
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"Bennu is probably rich in organic molecules, which are made of chains of carbon bonded with atoms of oxygen, hydrogen, and other elements in a chemical recipe that makes all known living things
"Besides carbon, Bennu could also have another component important to life: water, which is trapped in the minerals that make up the asteroid."
The space probe took the closeup using its NavCam 1 navigation camera, which
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