PIA03130: Packed with Boulders
Target Name: Eros
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: NEAR Shoemaker
Spacecraft: NEAR Shoemaker
Instrument: Multi-Spectral Imager
Product Size: 492 x 392 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 photographed the southern part of Eros' saddle region on December 19, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 37 kilometers (23 miles). The low ridge in the foreground (bottom) casts a wedge-shaped shadow against the hill in the background. The surface here is packed with boulders, the largest of which (near the center of the picture) is about 60 meters (200 feet) across. The whole scene is about 1.5 kilometers (0.9 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:
2001-02-17