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Asteroid shock: How asteroid Bennu revealed something NASA scientists weren't ready for

A BILLION dollar NASA space probe has reached a massive asteroid called Bennu – but astonishing new pictures taken from just above the surface have left the US science team very worried.

Because high resolution snaps show asteroid Bennu is actually made up of rocks, not sand as scientists initially predicted – and this poses a problem for the Osiris lander which is about to touch down on the surface. Indeed, the shocking reveal has stunned the world of science.

NASA's probe Osiris-REX has mapped the asteroid's unique surface ahead of next year's planned landing.

But the ship was loaded with tools to land on sand and collect a “beach-like sand substance” - the hyper rocky terrain has now thrown the scientists.

NASA chief Rich Burns said: “Although Osiris-REX was designed to collect a sample from an asteroid with a ‘beach-like’ area.”

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