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101955 Bennu

(Bennu, 1999 RQ36)
(near-Earth asteroid that is the target of a sample-return mission)

101955 Bennu (provisional designation: 1999 RQ36) is a near-Earth asteroid discovered in 1999. The mission OSIRIS-REx has been visiting it since 2018, with plans to collect a sample in 2020 and return it to Earth.

101955 Bennu's diameter is on the order of 500 meters and its orbit is sufficiently close to Earth's that a future impact is possible.

(asteroid,minor planet,near-Earth object)
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near-Earth object (NEO)