Bennu in unprecedented detail


It's the highest resolution image ever of a planetary body.


A detailed view of the asteroid Bennu.

Erin Morton, University of Arizona

This global map of the asteroid Bennu is a mosaic of 2155 PolyCam images stitched together and corrected.

They were collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between 7 March and 19 April, 2019, at distances ranging from 3.1 to five kilometres above the surface.

At five centimetres per pixel, this is the highest resolution at which a planetary body has been globally mapped.

This detailed view of Bennu was used by the mission team during their selection of the primary and backup sample collection sites - Nightingale and Osprey.

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  1. https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/bennu-and-ryugu-a-tale-of-two-asteroids
  2. https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex
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