Side View of Equatorial Crater

This image shows the depth of a crater located in asteroid Bennu’s equatorial region (upper right). Bennu’s largest boulder, Benben Saxum, is also visible in the image (lower center). The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 19, from a distance of 2.3 miles (3.7 km). The field of view is 849 ft (258.9 m). For scale, the crater’s diameter (from top to bottom) is 135 ft (41 m), which is about the same size as the diameter of the Pantheon’s dome. The image was obtained during Flyby 7B of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing MapCam north and to the east. The image was taken about 17 minutes after this image. Comparing the two images illustrates Bennu’s rotation within this time period.

Date Taken: April 19, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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