Northeastern Portion of Nightingale’s Crater

This image shows the northeastern portion of the crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. The sample site is visible in the lower left part of the frame – left of the lower-most boulder. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on January 22, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.6 km). The field of view is 30 ft (9.1 m). For reference, the large, dark boulder in the upper right is 11 ft (3.3 m) long, which is about the length of a kayak. The image was obtained during the mission’s Reconnaissance B phase. When it was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam south and to the west.

Date Taken: January 22, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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