Scientists study Eros's multitudes of craters
October 22, 2009
NEAR scientists analyze the numerous craters on Eros by measuring their numbers and sizes. A computer routine then computes latitude and longitudes, as well as statistics about the numbers of craters. Shown here is the first step in this process, where craters have been identified in the first mosaic of images taken after NEAR was placed into orbit around Eros on February 14th. Each circle shows the size of the crater and tags it with a number to keep track of it during later analysis.