PIA02924: Mosaic of Eros' Northern Hemisphere
 Target Name:  Eros
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  NEAR Shoemaker 
 Spacecraft:  NEAR Shoemaker
 Instrument:  Multi-Spectral Imager 
 Product Size:  352 x 477 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Addition Date:  2000-06-10
 Primary Data Set:  NEAR Home Page
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02924.tif (122.7 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02924.jpg (22.16 kB)

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NEAR Shoemaker obtains the best views of subtle details in Eros' landforms when the spacecraft's imager looks straight down at the surface, and the Sun illuminates the surface at a very low angle. Such lighting brings out even tiny undulations in the surface and makes features stand out sharply. This image -- acquired June 6, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 49 kilometers (30 miles) -- was taken under those ideal conditions. The landscape is textured by low ridges and grooves running from left to right, with numerous boulders sprinkled on them. The whole scene is 1.4 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.

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