Rocky Region West of Nightingale

This image shows the rocky region directly west of the crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. This image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 14 from a distance of 0.3 miles (0.5 km). The field of view is 121 ft (37 m). For reference, the bright rock in the lower left is 25 ft (7.6 m) long, which is about the length of an ambulance. The image was obtained during the mission’s Checkpoint Rehearsal. When it was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing MapCam nearly straight down and to the east. During the mission’s Orbital B phase, the PolyCam camera captured a high-resolution image of the same area.

Date Taken: April 14, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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