Man made objects on asteroid 101955 Bennu

Non-exhaustive list of artificial objects that have reached the surface of 101955 Bennu, which is an Apollo-class asteroid orbiting the sun between Venus and Mars. This near-Earth object measures approximately 500 m in diameter and is potentially hazardous.

Since December 2018, the NASA Osiris-Rex space probe is orbiting Bennu and has retrieved surface samples on October 20th, 2020 to bring them back to Earth in September 2023. It is probable that among the 24 contact pads at the bottom of the TAGSAM collector head some, or parts of, have been lost on the surface of Bennu during the sample collection procedure.

COSPAR IDnametypequantitystatuslocation 
1969-059CCONTINGENCY SAMPLER HANDLEHandtool1used as soil mechanics experiment, then discardedkicked under LM Quad I
1969-059CCONTINGENCY SAMPLE COLLECTION BAG RINGRing1discardedunder LM Quad I