Bennu’s South Pole at Dawn

This image shows a region near asteroid Bennu’s south pole, where smaller rocks and larger boulders are mixed together. It was captured at 6:40 am Local Solar Time, so the long, morning shadows are cast to the left. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 13, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 32 ft (9.7 m). For scale, the small, round boulder that is bright in color at the top center of the image is 1 ft (0.4 m) across, which is about the size of a wine bottle. 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 slightly north and to the west.

Date Taken: July 13, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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