Site Nightingale Crater and Surrounding Region

This image shows the shape of the crater in which sample site Nightingale is located. The central crater is large and circular, and there are two areas off the rim (top right and bottom right) that also contain dark, fine-grained material. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 4, 2019, from a distance of 3 miles (4.8 km). The field of view is 228 ft (69.5 m). The image was obtained during Flyby 5A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the northern hemisphere of asteroid Bennu, pointing PolyCam north. This image is rotated and Bennu’s north is located at the bottom of the frame.

Date Taken: April 4, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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