Scattered Rocks on Boulder’s Surface

This image shows a partially buried boulder outside of the crater where backup sample site Osprey is located on asteroid Bennu. The Osprey site itself is located southwest of this region (outside of the image frame). The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on May 26, from a distance of 0.2 miles (0.3 km). The field of view is 13 ft (4 m). For reference, the bright, roundish rock in the lower right of the image is 3 ft (1 m) across, which is about the size of a small dining table. The image was obtained during the mission’s Reconnaissance C phase. When it was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam nearly straight down.

Date Taken: May 26, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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