Exploring Asteroid Bennu Through Technology

  • Released Monday, August 9, 2021
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It’s hard to imagine what the surface of a dark, distant asteroid might look like, but NASA’s "Tour of Asteroid Bennu" brings us on a journey to see this landscape up close. The video, which was released in October 2020, uses elevation data and high-resolution imagery from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to provide viewers with stunning 3D vistas of Bennu’s rugged terrain. On August 9th and 11th, 2021, “Tour of Asteroid Bennu” will be featured in the SIGGRAPH awards electronic theater. Producer Dan Gallagher and data visualizer Kel Elkins discuss the making of the video, and how data-driven animation is enabling viewers to explore new worlds like Bennu.

Learn more about the making of "Tour of Asteroid Bennu."

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