The solar system today is an orderly place, much quieter than it was in its turbulent youth. How did our Sun, the Earth and the planets evolve from a whirlpool of gas, dust, and fiery droplets of molten rock? To answer this question, scientists are planning to visit asteroid Bennu (1999 RQ-36), which is composed of the same raw ingredients that created the planets. Bennu is a survivor of our solar system's early chaos, and following its journey will teach us a great deal about our own origins. This video is the official teaser for Bennu's Journey, a signature animation of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission; the full-length video will be released in November 2014.
Asteroid Bennu (1999-RQ36) is a survivor of our solar system's chaotic formation, composed of the same raw ingredients that created our planet. When NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission visits asteroid Bennu, its findings will teach us a great deal about our own origins.