Images from Bennu’s Southern Hemisphere

This series of four images showcases the different fields of view captured on asteroid Bennu by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s camera suite. The images are of an area near sample site Sandpiper, which is located in Bennu’s southern hemisphere. The first, and closest, image shows a 9-foot (2.8-meter), sharp-edged boulder. It was taken by the PolyCam camera on July 3, from a distance of 0.4 miles (0.7 km), while the spacecraft was in Orbital B phase. The field of view is 30 ft (9.3 m). The second image was also taken by PolyCam on April 5 from a distance of 1.7 miles (2.8 km), during Detailed Survey: Baseball Diamond phase. The second image’s field of view is 128 ft (38.9 m). The third is a MapCam image taken on April 29, during Detailed Survey: Equatorial Stations phase, from a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The field of view is 550 ft (167.6 m), and site Sandpiper is visible inside the large crater on the left side of the image. The final image is a mosaic of images taken by PolyCam on December 2, 2018, the day before the spacecraft arrived at Bennu. The field of view is slightly wider than 1,640 ft (500 m) and the spacecraft was 15 miles (24 km) from the asteroid.

Instrument Used: OCAMS

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona


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