Gargoyle Saxum and Craters in Bennu’s North

This image shows a region of Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The frame spans from near the asteroid’s north pole (left), down toward its equatorial bulge (right). Visible in the image are Gargoyle Saxum – Bennu’s darkest boulder (lower right), and two craters that may contain sampleable material (upper left and lower middle). The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 18, from a distance of 2.3 miles (3.7 km). The field of view is 739 ft (225.2 m). For scale, the southern crater is 68 ft (20.6 m) wide, which is about the width of eight parking spaces. The image was obtained during Flyby 7A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing MapCam south and to the east.

Date Taken: April 18, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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