The operational environment and rotational acceleration of asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx observations
AuthorHergenrother, C W
Maleszewski, C K
Nolan, M C
Drouet d'Aubigny, C Y
Shelly, F C
Howell, E S
Kareta, T R
Izawa, M R M
Barucci, M A
Bierhaus, E B
Chesley, S R
Clark, B E
Christensen, E J
DellaGiustina, D N
Golish, D R
Hartzell, C M
Scheeres, D J
Smith, P H
Lauretta, D S
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
Univ Arizona, Dept Astron
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PublisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
CitationHergenrother, C. W., Maleszewski, C. K., Nolan, M. C., Li, J. Y., d’Aubigny, C. D., Shelly, F. C., ... & Bierhaus, E. B. (2019). The operational environment and rotational acceleration of asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx observations. Nature communications, 10(1), 1291.
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AbstractDuring its approach to asteroid (101955) Bennu, NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft surveyed Bennu's immediate environment, photometric properties, and rotation state. Discovery of a dusty environment, a natural satellite, or unexpected asteroid characteristics would have had consequences for the mission's safety and observation strategy. Here we show that spacecraft observations during this period were highly sensitive to satellites (sub-meter scale) but reveal none, although later navigational images indicate that further investigation is needed. We constrain average dust production in September 2018 from Bennu's surface to an upper limit of 150 g s-1 averaged over 34 min. Bennu's disk-integrated photometric phase function validates measurements from the pre-encounter astronomical campaign. We demonstrate that Bennu's rotation rate is accelerating continuously at 3.63 ± 0.52 × 10-6 degrees day-2, likely due to the Yarkovsky-O'Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack (YORP) effect, with evolutionary implications.
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SponsorsNASA [NNM10AA11C]; NASA PDART Grant [80NSSC18K0987]; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; CNES
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