Asteroid Bennu as imaged by MapCam on Dec. 3

MapCam Images Bennu on Arrival Day

On Dec. 3, OSIRIS-REx’s MapCam imager acquired this set of optical navigation images seven hours before the spacecraft’s arrival maneuver. These eight images were taken over the span of one minute and are the first Bennu images obtained at a high phase angle – in this case 80° between the spacecraft, the asteroid and the Sun. The spacecraft’s range to Bennu was 12 miles (19 km), and the asteroid spanned about 380 pixels in the camera’s field of view.

Date Taken: Dec. 3, 2018

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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