Bennu’s Benben Saxum Imaged by PolyCam

This image shows a portion of the largest boulder on Bennu, Benben Saxum, located in the southern hemisphere. The PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft took the image on March 7 from a distance of 3 miles (4.8 km). The field of view for the image is 191 ft (58.2 m) wide. For scale, the shiny rectangular rock just to the north of Benben is about 5 ft (1.5 m) wide, which is about the length of a bicycle. The image was obtained during Flyby 1 of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the equator, pointing PolyCam to the south and west.

Date Taken: March 7, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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