Bennu’s Equator in the Morning

This image shows a variety of rocks with different textures and sizes located in asteroid Bennu’s equatorial region. It was captured at 6:00 a.m. Local Solar Time, and as a result, the boulders cast long shadows to the left. 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 30 ft (9.4 m). For scale, the longest axis of the bright boulder in the upper right is 11 ft (3.3 m), which is about the size of a patio umbrella. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was just south of the equator, pointing PolyCam straight down.

Date Taken: August 5, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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