OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu – Gizmodo

OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu – Gizmodo

Nightingale crater, with the target touch-and-go site.
Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

The OSIRIS-REx team has decided on a location to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. It’s a 460-foot-wide crater that they’ve dubbed “Nightingale.”

This announcement follows a months-long selection process between four bird-named candidates: Sandpiper (specifically a western sandpiper), Osprey, Kingfisher (specifically a common kingfisher), and Nightingale, all of which seemed to be fairly hazard-free. Selecting the example sampling site is the next step for the mission.

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