Currently, NASA has explored the smallest celestial object ever move in orbit around and the most distant part ever encountered – and detected that both worlds are unnatural than anyone could have visualized.
The 800-foot wide asteroid Bennu, which has been observed recently by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, produces peculiar features of dust particles. A planetary scientist of the University of Arizona, as well as Principal investigator Dante Lauretta, named the discovery “one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career”.
In the meantime, the data assembled during New Horizons spacecraft’s Day flight of New Years is passed a remote icy object called MU69 recommends that the body is very strangely flat. Planetary scientist William McKinnon, a co-investigator on the mission, contrasted the two-part body to “a meatball attached to a pancake”.
The peculiar discoveries from both ventures were executed this week at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference outside Houston, questioning and offering clues about how the solar system works.
Though the dust feather seen transmitting off Bennu don’t pose any threat to the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx has disclosed other, less pleasant, wonders in its four months at the asteroid. Researchers told Tuesday that the surface of Bennu is far more pitted than expected, some of the boulders that contain this cosmic “rubble pile” may be as large as 150 feet across – larger than a baseball diamond.
The discovery could generate trouble for plans to expose a sample of the surface material of asteroid and bring back it to the Earth, as per the opinion of the researchers. Because they had believed that Benniu would be soiled, OSIRIS-REx does not have a mechanism for tearing big rocks.