PIA03123: The Big Valley
Target Name: Eros
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: NEAR Shoemaker
Spacecraft: NEAR Shoemaker
Instrument: Multi-Spectral Imager
Product Size: 372 x 492 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
Addition Date: 2001-02-17
Primary Data Set: NEAR Home Page
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NEAR Shoemaker's imager took this picture on November 18, 2000, from a vantage point 194 kilometers (120 miles) above the southern part of Eros' western hemisphere. The curvature of this part of Eros makes the asteroid look like a bent peanut. The scene is 6.8 kilometers (4.2 miles) across; the depth of field between the foreground (at right) and the horizon (at left) is nearly 30 kilometers (about 18 miles). While the imager was snapping this photo, the spacecraft's laser altimeter was measuring topography.

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:
2001-02-17