Touchdown Stereo Pair (Cross-Eyed Version)

This stereo pair, created by stereo image processing scientist Dr. Brian May, provides a 3D view of sample site Nightingale during the OSIRIS-REx sample collection event on Oct. 20. The set of stereoscopic images shows the SamCam field of view (left) and the NavCam 2 field of view (right) just before the sampling head touched down on asteroid Bennu’s surface. The red circle illustrates where the spacecraft contacted the sample site. The two images were taken from slightly different view points, with one of the images meant for the left eye and the other for the right. The two images are then combined by the brain to give the perception of depth. To see the pair in 3D, cross your eyes and relax your vision until there are three images, then focus on the center image. Tilt your head as needed to bring the image into focus. A version of the image suitable for viewing through a stereoscope can be found here.

Date Taken: Oct. 20, 2020

Instrument Used: OCAMS (SamCam) and TAGCAMS (NFTCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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