Surprises About Asteroid Bennu Discovered By NASA

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Published on March 20, 2019 - Duration: 00:32s

Surprises About Asteroid Bennu Discovered By NASA

According to Gizmodo.com, "Near-Earth asteroid Bennu is not what it seems. Instead of a smooth surface sprinkled with a few large boulders, scientists discovered a rough, rocky planetoid spewing plumes of dust and gravel." Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson, stated, โ€œThe discovery of plumes is one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career.

And the rugged terrain went against all of our predictions.โ€


Surprises About Asteroid Bennu Discovered By NASA

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THE IMAGE, WHICH WAS TAKEN BY THE POLYCAM CAMERA, SHOWS BENNU WAS STRETCHED TO INCREASE CONTRAST BETWEEN HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS.

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