Boulder with Divots

This image shows a region in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere – an accumulation of rocks is visible between the large boulders. A large, bright rock with divots on its surface (center) is recognizably different than the surrounding material. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on August 5, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.6 km). The field of view is 29 ft (8.7 m). For scale, the rock casting a shadow on the divoted boulder is 4 ft (1.1 m) long, which is about the length of a cheetah. 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 straight down.

Date Taken: August 5, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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