Well-Lit Terrain in Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere

This image shows a mixture of boulders, rocks, and fine-grained material located in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The surrounding region is free of large boulders, making this one of the most well-lit images taken during Orbital B phase. 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 31 ft (9.4 m). For scale, the bright, sharp-edged rock just right of the image’s center is 2 ft (0.7 m) long, which is about the length of a mailbox. 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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