Dark Boulder with Morning Shadows

This image of shows one of the darkest boulders on asteroid Bennu (right) and the region south and west of the boulder. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 4 from a distance of 3 miles (4.9 km). The field of view is 227 ft (69.3 m). For scale, the light-colored rock sitting on top of the dark boulder is 6.2 ft (1.9 m) long, which is about the height of a person. The image was obtained during Flyby 5A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam down and west in order to capture the early morning shadows near the equator.

Date Taken: April 4, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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