Detailed View of Benben Boulder

This image shows a detailed view of asteroid Bennu’s largest boulder, Benben Saxum, which is located in the southern hemisphere. The textural complexity of the boulder’s surface is revealed at close range. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 15, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 31 ft (9.5 m). For scale, the large crack that spans from the lower left of the image up to the image’s right center is 31 ft (9.3 m), which is about the length of a city bus. 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 15, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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