collecting sample from the NEO Bennu in the year 2018.
Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizone
This newly-named asteroid is the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission launching September 2016. The International Astronomical Union just approved Mike Puzio's winning choice from the Planetary Society's Name That Asteroid contest.
Bennu was a large heron and the living symbol of Osiris. The winged OSIRIS-REx and its heron-like TAGSAM also evoke attributes of Bennu, as does the egg shape of the asteroid itself. Bennu means 'The Ascending One', 'to shine' and suits the NEO which will shine in our skies in 2023 at the return of OSIRIS-REx