PIA02906: Horizon View
 Target Name:  Eros
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  NEAR Shoemaker 
 Spacecraft:  NEAR Shoemaker
 Instrument:  Multi-Spectral Imager 
 Product Size:  477 x 372 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Addition Date:  2000-06-10
 Primary Data Set:  NEAR Home Page
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02906.tif (159.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02906.jpg (22.78 kB)

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This image of Eros, taken from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on May 2, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 52 kilometers (32 miles), shows a view toward Eros' horizon. The section shown is about 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) across. This particular view provides a snapshot of three of the most common types of features seen on the asteroid: craters whose rims have been rounded by erosion due to smaller impacts and blanketing by the impact debris, or regolith (impact debris); variations in the brightness of material on the walls of the craters; and a scattering of boulders ranging in size from nearly 100 meters (328 feet) down to about 8 meters (26 feet).

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.

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