October 26, 2009
This NEAR Shoemaker picture, taken August 6, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 50 kilometers (31 miles), shows the effects of impact craters and grooves on Eros' surface. The grooves are the shallow troughs that trend from the upper right to lower left. Superimposed on the 0.8-kilometer (0.5-mile) diameter crater in the top of the frame, the grooves create the illusion of a platform in the crater's interior. The whole scene is about 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) across.