Southern Crater From Terminator Orbit

This image shows a view of a large crater in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere that may contain sampleable material. A smaller crater inside the larger crater is also visible in the image. It was taken while the spacecraft was in a terminator orbit, and the line of dawn can be seen on the left of the image. The shadows from this viewing angle provide a good sense of the larger crater’s depth and overall size. The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on February 24, 2019, from a distance of 0.9 miles (1.4 km). The field of view is 328 ft (100 m). For scale, the light-colored boulder on the crater’s left edge is 20 ft (6.0 m) long, which is about the length of a 15-passenger van. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital A phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing MapCam north and to the east.

Date Taken: February 24, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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