The latter, named Bennu, was located more than 320 million kilometers from Earth.
As you can see, it all seems to have happened very quickly.
In fact, this leg of the probe, about thirty centimeters wide, touched the surface of the object for about six seconds.
Here is an animation which more slowly illustrates the process in question.
According to NASA, the asteroid may contain traces of the oldest history of our Solar System.
We are also talking about the possibility of finding the molecular precursors of the origin of life and of our oceans.
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