PIA02965: A Different World, Just Over the Hill
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: 2000-08-24
Primary Data Set: NEAR Home Page
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A fascinating finding from NEAR Shoemaker images is that even on a tiny world like Eros, geology can change just over the next hill. Such an abrupt change may not be surprising to someone driving from the Rocky Mountains to the western Plains, but it's a big surprise on an asteroid only 33 kilometers (21 miles) long. This NEAR Shoemaker picture, taken August 10, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 51 kilometers (32 miles), captured the view over an ancient, crater-battered hill into a valley where craters have been obliterated by resurfacing. The whole scene is only 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) 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:
2000-08-24