Bennu 3-D

Anatomy of an Asteroid

Dante S. Lauretta (Author), Brian May (Author), Carina A. Bennett (Author), Kenneth S. Coles (Author), Claudia Manzoni (Author), Catherine W. V. Wolner (Author)
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Bennu, named for the ancient Egyptian phoenix, was the chosen destination of OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s premier mission of asteroid exploration, launched in 2016. Study of the asteroid is important in safeguarding the future of planet Earth, but Bennu is also a time capsule from the dawn of our Solar System, holding secrets over four-and-a-half billion years old about the origin of life and Earth as a habitable planet.

In 2020 the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Bennu and collected pristine asteroid material for delivery to Earth in September 2023. Scientific studies of the samples, along with data collected during the rendezvous, promise to help find answers to some of humanity’s deepest questions: Where did we come from? What is our destiny in space?

This book, the world’s first complete (and stereoscopic) atlas of an asteroid, is the result of a unique collaboration between OSIRIS-REx mission leader Dante Lauretta and Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company. Lauretta’s colleagues include Carina Bennett, Kenneth Coles, and Cat Wolner, as well as Brian May and Claudia Manzoni, who became part of the ultimately successful effort to find a safe landing site for sampling. The text details the data collected by the mission so far, and the stereo images have been meticulously created by Manzoni and May from original images collected by the OSIRIS-REx cameras.

The print edition includes 120 illustrations, 50 maps, and 80 stereoscopic images

Co-published with London Stereoscopic Company. The University of Arizona Press is pleased to offer this title in North America.

“This is an unprecedented book, a chance to travel out into the solar system to another world and to explore it in magnificent 3-D. This spectacular journey of the mind and eye takes me to places I’ve never been, and warms my astro-loving heart!”—David J. Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine

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