Recently, the farthest and smallest worldly bodies discovered by NASA are really weird that anyone would have thought. It is an 800-foot-wide asteroid named Bennu and is being studied by OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. This asteroid produces strange plumes of particles of dust. Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator of this mission and also a scientist of planets at the University of Arizona said that this is a very surprising discovery of my life till now. Another data that was collected during the New Horizons spacecraft’s flight nearby MU69, an icy object shows that its body is flat and looks weird. William McKinnon, an investigator on this mission and a planetary scientist compared the two-part body to something like a meatball attached to a pancake.
The weird findings from both these missions were being presented at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this week outside Houston. Questions were raised by the experts and clues were offered regarding the working of the solar system. Yet, these dust plumes of Bennu have not posed any threat to the spacecraft, but many unpleasant surprises have been revealed by the spacecraft in its four months. Researchers say that Bennu is more rugged than expected to be. Some of these rubble piles can be larger than 150 feet.
Such strange findings can affect the mission of this spacecraft to gather some sample of Bennu’s surface and bring them to Earth for some study. The scientists had believed that this asteroid would be dusty. Now, the spacecraft does not have any mechanism to break these rocks to collect the samples. Now, the team of scientists thinks they will collect some sample from the dusty material around Bennu. This will be gathered into a capsule to be sent back to Earth. After these findings, the team needs to be more careful and find a site that contains the required material. When the time is right, the spacecraft should immediately collect the sample of decided material, by the year 2020. It will be challenging for the team.