Asteroid Bennu as seen by OSIRIS-REx during a flyover of its north pole

Bennu North Pole Flyover

This series of MapCam images was taken over the course of about four hours and 19 minutes on Dec. 4, 2018, as OSIRIS-REx made its first pass over Bennu’s north pole. The images were captured as the spacecraft was inbound toward Bennu, shortly before its closest approach of the asteroid’s pole. As the asteroid rotates and grows larger in the field of view, the range to the center of Bennu shrinks from about 7.1 to 5.8 miles (11.4 to 9.3 km).

This first pass was one of five flyovers of Bennu’s poles and equator that OSIRIS-REx conducted during its Preliminary Survey of the asteroid.

Date Taken: Dec. 4, 2018

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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