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Bennu during Orbital A phase

Bennu during Orbital A phase

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Bennu during Orbital A phase
During Orbital A phase, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s NavCam 1 navigation camera regularly Bennu’s surface, even though its scientific camera suite (OCAMS) was not collecting data. The navigation team uses these “OpNav” (short for optical navigation) images to monitor the spacecraft’s close orbit around the asteroid. The photo has an exposure time of 1.4 milliseconds and was captured from a distance of 1.6 kilometers. The large boulder at center is about 50 meters across.

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Original image data dated on or about January 17, 2019

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