Tall Bright Rock in the Shadows

This image shows a variety of boulders with different textures and sizes located in asteroid Bennu’s equatorial region. A tall, bright rock emerges from the shadow cast by the boulder on the right. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on August 2, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km). The field of view is 30 ft (9.2 m). For scale, the bright rock peeking from the shadow is 1.6 ft (0.5 m) wide, which is about the size of a hare. 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 nearly straight down.

Date Taken: August 2, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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