Portion of Boulder Cluster in Northern Hemisphere

This image shows a detailed view of various boulder types located in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The boulders seen here are part of a large boulder cluster, which is just one of many such clusters present on the asteroid’s surface. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on August 1, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 31 ft (9.6 m). For scale, the longest axis of the flat, bright boulder (upper left) is 11 ft (3.4 m), which is about the length of an alligator. 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 straight down.

Date Taken: August 1, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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