Asteroid Bennu at 50 Pixels

Bennu at 50 Pixels

This image of Bennu was obtained by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a distance of approximately 480 miles (770 km) on Oct. 28, 2018. The spacecraft is now close enough to Bennu that the asteroid occupies about 50 pixels in the PolyCam camera’s field of view, and the image’s scale shows about 10 meters per pixel.

The image is oriented so that Bennu North is at the top of the image and Solar System North is at the bottom, as the asteroid rotates in a retrograde motion. Features on Bennu’s surface are beginning to be detectable, including what appears to be a large boulder formation in the southern hemisphere.

Date Taken: Oct. 28, 2018

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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