Textured Boulder Near Bennu’s Largest Boulder

This image shows a detailed view of a boulder feature located near asteroid Bennu’s largest boulder in the southern hemisphere. The long morning shadows emphasize the feature’s series of ledges, and a small, light-colored rock sits on one of the ledges. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 9, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 31 ft (9.6 m). For scale, the light-colored rock is 2.8 ft (0.9 m), which is about the size of a pickup truck tire. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam nearly straight down.

Date Taken: July 9, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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