Encompassing View of Site Nightingale

This image shows an overhead view of the large crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. Site Nightingale is located in the largest of Bennu’s four craters that have been identified as sampleable. Dark, fine-grained material is visible in the center of the image, while the material surrounding Nightingale has a high albedo variation. The image was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on February 25, 2019, from a distance of 1.1 miles (1.8 km). The field of view is 423 ft (129 m). The image was obtained during the mission’s Orbital A phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the north pole, pointing MapCam south and to the west. This image is rotated and Bennu’s north is located at the bottom of the frame.

Date Taken: February 25, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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