PIA02497: Eros' Aging Craters
 Target Name:  Eros
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  NEAR Shoemaker 
 Spacecraft:  NEAR Shoemaker
 Instrument:  Multi-Spectral Imager 
 Product Size:  426 x 329 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Addition Date:  2000-06-10
 Primary Data Set:  NEAR Home Page
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02497.tif (77.53 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02497.jpg (10.96 kB)

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Eros' many craters have a range of ages dating back to the last time the asteroid's surface was "wiped clean" by geologic processes. This NEAR Shoemaker image of the tip of the asteroid, taken March 6, 2000, from a range of 201 kilometers (125 miles), shows craters with a variety of shapes and sizes. When small craters first form, they typically have sharp rims and round floors. As they age, progressively smaller craters are superimposed, rounding the rims and pitting the walls and floors until the original underlying crater becomes almost unrecognizable.

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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