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A NASA Spacecraft Has Set Records After Entering Orbit Around an Asteroid

January 1, 2019 2:19 AM
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(LAUREL, Md.) — A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records.

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across.

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