Light Rock Northeast of Nightingale

This image shows the terrain northeast of the crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. Large boulders, jagged rocks, and small-grained material are all visible clustered together. 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 29 ft (8.9 m). For reference, the light-colored rock situated between the two dark boulders (upper center) is 7.5 ft (2.3 m) across, which is about the size of a door. 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 east.

Date Taken: Jan. 22, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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