West of Nightingale’s Crater

This image shows the mixed terrain high in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. Just west of the crater where sample site Nightingale is located, the rocks vary in size, color, and texture. 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 m). For reference, the largest boulder (upper center) is 13 ft (4 m) across, which is about the length of a small canoe. 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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