Fractured Boulder Near Equator

This image shows a detailed view of a large boulder near asteroid Bennu’s equator. The boulder has a fracture running through it and is surrounded by other large boulders, one of which is casting the shadow partially covering the boulder. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 26, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 30 ft (9.2 m). For scale, the fracture crossing the upper part of the boulder is 8.2 ft (2.5 m) long, which is about the length of a horse. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was just north of the equator, pointing PolyCam straight down.

Date Taken: July 26, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


full (1024x1024) | thumbnail (150x150) | medium (300x300) | medium_large (640x640) | large (640x640) | 1536x1536 (1024x1024) | 2048x2048 (1024x1024) | banner-xm (240x240) | banner-sm (360x360) | banner-med (480x480) | banner-large (576x576) | banner-full (720x720)