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The Wall
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The Wall

October 26, 2009
This picture of Eros, taken from NEAR Shoemaker on June 20, 2000, shows a stunning aspect of the "bent" asteroid's peanut-like shape. The far side of the asteroid looms like an enormous wall beyond a near horizon in the foreground. The image was taken from an altitude of 51 kilometers (32 miles) and shows a region about 1.4 kilometers (0.9 miles) across. (Image 0136395694)