Rock Cluster in Nightingale Crater

This image shows a cluster of medium-sized rocks situated in the crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. The sample site itself is located southeast of these rocks (outside of the image frame). 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 13 ft (4 m). For reference, the bright rock in the lower right is 9 inches (24 cm) across, which is about the size of a small casserole dish. 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 east.

Date Taken: March 3, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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