Bennu’s Darkest Boulder Adjacent to Crater

This image shows the darkest boulder on asteroid Bennu along with a crater, which are both located near the asteroid’s equator. It was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 11, from a distance of 3 miles (4.9 km). The field of view is 225 ft (68.6 m). For scale, small, light-colored rock sitting on the dark boulder is 6 ft (1.9 m) long, which is about the height of a person. The image was obtained during Flyby 6A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam north and east.

Date Taken: April 11, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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