Dark Region on Bennu

This image shows a small portion of a very large outcrop in Bennu’s southern hemisphere. This outcrop contains some of the darkest material on the asteroid. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on March 28 from a distance of 2.2 miles (3.5 km). The field of view is 157 ft (48 m). For scale, the squarish, light-colored rock to the left of the image’s center is 6 ft (1.8 m) long, which is about the same height as a man. The image was obtained during Flyby 4A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam slightly northward.

Date Taken: March 28, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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