Diverse Boulder Types in Bennu’s Southern Hemisphere

This image shows a detailed view of a boulder-dense area in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere. The diversity in boulder types demonstrates the various textures that are present throughout the region. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 22, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 32 ft (9.6 m). For scale, the small, bright rock situated on top of the boulder (left center) is 15.7 inches (0.4 m) long, which is about the size of a corgi. 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 22, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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