Northwestern Portion of Nightingale’s Crater

This image shows the northwestern portion of the crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. The sample site is outside of the image frame on the right-hand side. 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 brightest, triangular rock (upper right quadrant) is 9 inches (22 cm) long, which is about the size of a textbook. 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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