Shadowing at Site Nightingale

This image shows a view of the southwest portion of the large crater where sample site Nightingale is located on asteroid Bennu. The shadow extending over the crater’s center demonstrates the height of the large boulder that is situated on the crater’s southeast rim. The other shadows in this image also illustrate the contrast in vertical topography in the terrain surrounding Nightingale. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 4, 2019, from a distance of 3 miles (4.9 km). The field of view is 218 ft (66.5 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, pointing PolyCam north and to the west. 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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