Prime Meridian Boulder and Crater in Bennu’s South

This image shows a portion of Bennu’s southern hemisphere. Visible in the image are Bennu’s prime meridian boulder (right) and a crater that may contain sampleable material (center). The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 19, from a distance of 2.2 miles (3.5 km). The field of view is 814 ft (248 m). For scale, the square rock on the crater’s upper left edge is 20 ft (6.0 m) long, which is about the length of a 15-passenger van. 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 south and to the east.

Date Taken: April 19, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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