View of Crater Surrounding Site Sandpiper

This image shows the northwest edge of a large crater located in asteroid Bennu’s southern hemisphere. The crater, which hold site Sandpiper, extends beyond the lower right side of the field of view. The image was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on April 11, from a distance of 2.9 miles (4.6 km). The field of view is 214 ft (65.1 m). For scale, the square rock on the crater’s edge is 20 ft (6.0 m) long, which is about the length of a 15 passenger van. The image was obtained during Flyby 6A of the mission’s Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. When the image was taken, the spacecraft was over the southern hemisphere, pointing PolyCam slightly south and east.

Date Taken: April 11, 2019

Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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