PIA02926: A Swath of Eros
 Target Name:  Eros
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  NEAR Shoemaker 
 Spacecraft:  NEAR Shoemaker
 Instrument:  Multi-Spectral Imager 
 Product Size:  498 x 1305 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Addition Date:  2000-06-18
 Primary Data Set:  NEAR Home Page
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02926.tif (471.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02926.jpg (68.12 kB)

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NEAR Shoemaker's scientific observations of Eros focus on different priorities as the spacecraft descends into lower orbits. For example, during the 100-kilometer (62-mile) orbit from April 11 - 22, 2000, the camera's mission was to build a global photomosaic under optimal viewing conditions. Due to the asteroid's irregular shape, doing this required imaging Eros repeatedly until each spot had been covered just right.

This swath of images - taken April 13 as part of that mapping campaign - shows several of the asteroid's major features. From top to bottom, these include large craters in the north polar region; part of the ridge that wraps one-third of the way around Eros; the western part of the saddle; and a dense field of enormous boulders.

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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