Cracked Boulder

This image shows a large, cracked boulder located in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The image was taken at 5:30 pm Local Solar Time, which explains the long shadows cast by the surface features. It was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 2, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 34 ft (10.5 m). For scale, the cracked boulder is 17 ft (5.1 m) long, which is about the length of a mid-sized sedan. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam straight down.

Date Taken: July 2, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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