PIA03106: Eros' Angular Eastern End
 Target Name:  Eros
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  NEAR Shoemaker 
 Spacecraft:  NEAR Shoemaker
 Instrument:  Multi-Spectral Imager 
 Product Size:  493 x 391 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Addition Date:  2001-02-17
 Primary Data Set:  NEAR Home Page
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03106.tif (143.2 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03106.jpg (17.22 kB)

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NEAR Shoemaker captured this view of Eros' eastern hemisphere on September 9, 2000, from an orbital altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). The spacecraft is in a high enough orbit to "see" the overall global shape of Eros as it did earlier in the mission, but from a different perspective. The eastern end's blocky, angular appearance likely results from large impacts suffered by Eros early in its history. The image also shows several long ridges and a cluster of boulders. The entire scene is about 4 kilometers (2.5 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.

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