This image mosaic of Eros was taken by the NEAR spacecraft on Feb. 18, 2000 from a range of 224 miles (361 kilometers). The smallest detail visible on the surface is about 115 feet (35 meters) across. At the time the spacecraft was over the shadowed southern hemisphere, looking north at a crescent Eros. Although this view of Eros is similar to others that have been returned, the coverage at different illumination and viewing geometries provides important information on the shapes of landforms.
Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, NEAR was the first spacecraft launched in NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale planetary missions. See the NEAR web page at http://near.jhuapl.edu/ for more details.