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post Dec 10 2018, 06:45 PM
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News conference ready to start in fifteen minutes. (2pm EST December 10th)

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post Dec 11 2018, 02:24 AM
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QUOTE (Holder of the Two Leashes @ Dec 10 2018, 12:45 PM) *
News conference ready to start in fifteen minutes. (2pm EST December 10th)

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The AGU link has expired but it is available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCzK8uZvoY
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post Dec 11 2018, 06:46 PM
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Here are a few images from the press briefing materials shared yesterday, including a color MapCam portrait. If you break the MapCam view down into its channels, you can see that they didn't reproject the images before combining them into an RGB product -- there's evident rotation of the asteroid between red, green, and blue channels. They're also massively stretched. Can any of you image processing sorcerers do a better job with the image processing and maybe create a nice color portrait of Bennu?
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post Dec 11 2018, 06:58 PM
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This is the best I can do -- please someone here do better than me so I don't have to post this garbage on my website tongue.gif
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post Dec 12 2018, 12:18 AM
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Here's a mediocre effort of my own, Emily laugh.gif

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post Dec 22 2018, 08:03 PM
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Bennu North Pole flyover.
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post Jan 1 2019, 12:17 PM
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OSIRIS-REx has successfully entered orbit around Bennu.
It is orbiting a mere 1 mile (1.75km) from the centre of the asteroid !

More details here...

NASA announcement

Happy New Year to all, and looking forward to an extraordinary few days in solar system exploration...
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post Jan 1 2019, 10:18 PM
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[quote ...It is orbiting a mere 1 mile (1.75km) from the centre of the asteroid !
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I believe the orbital period is 62 hours, which makes the orbital velocity about 3 meters/minute, 50mm/sec. (10ʻ/min, 2"sec).

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post Jan 23 2019, 12:11 AM
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New image - Bennu’s south pole: https://www.asteroidmission.org/mapcam-sout...0181217t061345/

I see a nice little crater with a flat bottom and a typical (?) grouping of large boulders in the pole region
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post Feb 28 2019, 04:45 AM
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Very nice high-res view near the north pole: https://www.asteroidmission.org/mapcam-north-pole-20190220/
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New pics - region of Bennu’s northern hemisphere close up: https://www.asteroidmission.org/2019-02-25-...-compilation-3/
with: "pond” of regolith that is mostly devoid of large rocks" and "15 meter boulder"
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