This is the first time in the history of space research when an object created by man came so close to a relatively small asteroid.
The space probe in the orbit of the asteroid "Bennu" arrived on December 31 last year after the team of astronomers carefully studied the asteroid and discovered how to deliver the probe near it. This was an important challenge, because this is the smallest asteroid whose orbit has reached space.
True, the dangerous maneuvers paid. Currently, the probe is located 1.6 kilometers above the surface of the asteroid, allowing the probe chambers to capture unique surface images. Scientists have already found that the uneven surface of an asteroid formed after a series of small asteroids united in one set.