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 Nasa's Asteroid-bound Spacecraft Swings By Earth 

Date of Publish - Thursday, 12th October 2017

NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft Osiris-Rex successfully swung by Earth to put it on desired trajectory towards near earth asteroid Bennu using Earth’s gravity. It passed within 17,237 kilometres from Earth above Antarctica. During closest flyby, Osiris-Rex’s science instruments were tested by scanning Earth and moon as a practice for its operations at Bennu.


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