Meteorites from Vesta Found on Asteroid Bennu

  • Released Monday, September 21, 2020
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OSIRIS-REx made an unexpected discovery at asteroid Bennu - several boulders that originated from asteroid Vesta. The new result helps scientists better understand the origins of this "rubble pile" asteroid.

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In an interplanetary faux pas, it appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The new result sheds light on the intricate orbital dance of asteroids and on the violent origin of Bennu, which is a “rubble pile” asteroid that coalesced from the fragments of a massive collision.


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