Dramatic sampling shows asteroid Bennu is nothing like scientists expected

Mission scientists have described the dramatic sample retrieval, which led to surprising discoveries about the asteroid's nature, in two new studies.

 The researchers say that the findings might have implications for a possible future deflection mission

 a little bit of dust flying away and a few particles jumping up,"

 a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx

The impact aftermath was so unexpected that Lauretta, lead author of one of the two studies

 the researchers got another glimpse of the OSIRIS-REx touchdown site

 scientists had expected to scoop out a bit about as wide as the sample collector itself,

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