NASA gets up close and personal with ‘apocalyptic’ Earth-killer asteroid

An “apocalypse asteroid” that could spell doom for our planet has been snapped up-close-and-personal by NASA.

The agency released its best photos yet of Bennu, which is roughly 1,600 feet (0.3 miles) wide, taken by its high-tech Osiris-Rex spacecraft.

Bennu, an asteroid that sits 72,000 miles from Earth, is billions of years old, and scientists hope to uncover how life formed on Earth by studying the rock’s chemical makeup.

It has been branded an “apocalypse asteroid,” and NASA says it has a 1-in-2,700 chance of hitting our planet in the next century.

If it collides with Earth, the rock will release 80,000 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast.

Osiris-Rex has orbited Bennu since December and took its latest images on Jan. 17 when it was only a mile above the space rock’s surface.



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