As the spacecraft approached, some believe they saw “non-reflective black structures” on Bennu.
According to UFO enthusiasts, this is usually the sign of a artificial structure, and in this case a sphinx, similar to the one built by the ancient Egyptians.
The discovery was made by prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring who was analysing images from OSIRIS.Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I have found alien structures on every meteor, asteroid, moon and planet in our solar system using NASA, ESA and JAXA photos of the surfaces of those objects.
Alien STRUCTURE found on Asteroid Bennu as NASA begins historic mission
“I found many non reflective black structures on asteroid Bennu today. The most significant of all is a sphinx black structure with a long tail, but its curled in an oval like a dog.
“They are everywhere in our solar system. They were here billions of years before us, and will be here billions of years after us.”
NASA would however argue that the ‘sphinx’ is actually a result of poor camera quality on OSIRIS or the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.
A ‘sphinx’ was seen on Asteroid Bennu
NASA’s spacecraft will spend two years flying alongside Bennu at a distance of nearly 12 kilometres from the object, regularly making physical contact to collect two kilograms of samples from the massive space rock.
This could pave the way for an asteroid mining industry, with some of them worth trillions of dollars because of their minerals which are scarce on Earth such as platinum.
It will also give vital information on how to deflect asteroids from their collision course with Earth.