OSIRIS-REx images: University of Arizona 

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Planetary Society 2013 Contest

​ Target of the September 8, 2016 OSIRIS-REx Launch 

In May 2013 the IAU officially renamed Asteroid 1999 RQ36 to Bennu, the winning entry in the Planetary Society's Name That Asteroid!  contest.  

It was named by Mike, a third-grade student in Greensboro NC.

Bennu is the first celestial body since Pluto to be named by a school child!

 On September 8th the OSIRIS-REx mission launches to explore  the asteroid, returning samples to Earth in 2023

Asteroid Bennu

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(University of Arizona website)