Gargoyle Saxum Adjacent to Osprey Crater

This image shows Gargoyle Saxum, the darkest boulder on asteroid Bennu, next to the crater holding sample site Osprey. Both are located near the asteroid’s equator. The image 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 Gargoyle 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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