Sweeping View of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere

Captured on April 14 during the mission’s Checkpoint Rehearsal, this image shows asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere – the region where sample site Nightingale is located. Site Nightingale’s crater, and the site itself, are both visible (upper center). This image was taken by the NavCam 2 camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from 377 ft (115 m) above the asteroid’s surface. For reference, the large, tall boulder situated on the southeastern edge of the crater’s rim is 43 feet (13 meters) on its longest axis, which is about the length of a bus.

NavCam 2, a panchromatic (black-and-white) imager, is one of three cameras comprising TAGCAMS (the Touch-and-Go Camera System), which is part of OSIRIS-REx’s guidance, navigation, and control system. TAGCAMS was designed, built and tested by Malin Space Science Systems; Lockheed Martin Space integrated TAGCAMS to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and operates TAGCAMS.

Date Taken: April 14, 2020

Instrument Used: TAGCAMS (NFTCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin


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