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3D global map of asteroid Bennu, as measured by Canada's OLA instrument

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Uploaded on August 28, 2019

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3D global map of asteroid Bennu, as measured by Canada's OLA instrument

2019-08-29 - This 3D global map of asteroid Bennu's topography was created from about 20 million measurements taken by the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA), an instrument contributed to the international sample-return mission by the Canadian Space Agency.

The colours represent the distance from the centre of Bennu: dark blue areas lie approximately 60 metres lower than peaks indicated in red. This model has a resolution of approximately one measurement per metre.

Image creation: Michael Daly, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science, York University

(Credits: NASA, University of Arizona, York University, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), Canadian Space Agency)

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