Evening Shadows on Northern Boulder

This image shows a detailed view of a boulder located in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. A shadow-covered depression can be seen on the lower portion of the boulder. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on July 30, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 32 ft (9.9 m). For scale, the width of the shadowed depression is 5 ft (1.5 m), which is about the width of the Lincoln Memorial’s columns. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam nearly straight down.

Date Taken: July 30, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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