A Last Look From High Up
October 27, 2009
NEAR Shoemaker obtained this view of Eros on December 11, 2000, from a 193-kilometer (120-mile) altitude. Taken during an imaging sequence for optical navigation, this picture is among the last of Eros obtained from a high altitude, showing in perspective a large region of the asteroid. For the rest of the mission, imaging science will focus on characterizing the surface at ever-higher spatial resolutions in order to understand the small-scale processes that have shaped Eros' unexpectedly complex surface. The picture covers a region about 6.2 kilometers (3.9 miles) across.