Diverse Materials in Bennu’s Southern Hemisphere

This image shows different types of rocks and boulders located in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere. In this small section, various shapes, textures and brightnesses are represented. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 11, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 32 ft (9.8 m). For scale, the dark boulder in the center of the image is 13 ft (4 m) across, which is about the length of a coupe-style car. 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 straight down.

Date Taken: July 11, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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