Partially-Buried Boulder Near Nightingale

This image shows a partially-buried boulder with an almost square corner that is located northwest of sample site Nightingale on asteroid Bennu. Extremely fine-grained material is visible on the boulder’s surface. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on March 3 from a distance of 0.2 miles (0.3 km). The field of view is 11 ft (3.5 m). For reference, the visible bottom edge of the square boulder is 9 ft (2.7 m) across, which is about the width of a parking space. The image was obtained during the mission’s Reconnaissance C phase. When it was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam north and to the west.

Date Taken: March 3, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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