PIA02959: Vertigo
Target Name: Eros
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: NEAR Shoemaker
Spacecraft: NEAR Shoemaker
Instrument: Multi-Spectral Imager
Product Size: 372 x 472 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
Addition Date: 2000-08-05
Primary Data Set: NEAR Home Page
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Full-Res JPEG: PIA02959.jpg (15.13 kB)

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NEAR Shoemaker's images of Eros' horizon have provided us with breathtaking views of how different the skyline can be on another world. This picture, taken July 22, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 43 kilometers (27 miles), is a rare treat because it captures important information about Eros while playing with the viewer's senses. Here one of the asteroid's boulder fields decorates the skyline, but the orientation of the camera at the time the image was taken gives the illusion that the relatively gentle topography of the area really lies on a steep cliff. The whole scene is about 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) across.

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.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

Image Addition Date:
2000-08-05