Bennu’s Terminator During Orbital B

This image captures a view of asteroid Bennu’s terminator at the equatorial region. Just right of the transition line between day and night is a small, shadowed crater (bottom center). The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on August 7, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.6 km). The field of view is 521 ft (159 m). For scale, the crater is 119 ft (36 m) wide, which is about the size of the Statue of Liberty from her heel to the tip of her crown. The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital B phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was just north of the equator, pointing MapCam north.

Date Taken: August 7, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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