Rock on Boulder’s Edge

This image shows a small area just north of asteroid Bennu’s equatorial region. Pictured is a diversely-shaped group of smaller rocks surrounded by larger boulders. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 8, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 31 ft (9.5 m). For scale, the small rock perched on top of the large boulder (upper left) is 1.6 ft (0.5 m) across, which is about the size of a large watermelon. 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 nearly straight down.

Date Taken: July 8, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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