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Word of the Week: Dust Plumes

Clouds of rock particles and other small debris that are sometimes released from small bodies in space.

OSIRIS-REx will search for dust plumes asteroid Bennu. This information will help the team protect the spacecraft from being damaged by debris, and will shed light on Bennu’s dynamic history.

Credit: University of Arizona


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