Detailed View of Bennu’s South Pole

This image shows a portion of a cracked and line-marked boulder located near asteroid Bennu’s south pole. It was captured in the same region as the image released on October 3 . Taken approximately two minutes apart, the shadowing in the two images is similar. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 29, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 31 ft (9.3 m). For scale, the tall, bright boulder (right center) is 7 ft (2.14 m) long, which is about the length of a queen-size mattress. 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 nearly straight down.

Date Taken: July 29, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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