Region North of Site Sandpiper

This image shows a region in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere. Just below the image frame is site Sandpiper, one of the OSIRIS-REx mission’s candidate sample collection sites. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 5, from a distance of 1.7 miles (2.8 km). The field of view is 128 ft (38.9 m). For scale, the angular boulder near the center of the image is 9 ft (2.8 m) long, which is about the length of a pool table. The image was obtained during Flyby 5B of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam south and to the west.

Date Taken: April 5, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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