Dawn of the New Millennium
October 27, 2009
This first NEAR Shoemaker image of Eros from the new millennium was taken January 1, 2001, from an orbital altitude of 35 kilometers (22 miles). The broad, gentle depressions in the image are ancient craters that have been highly degraded. The picture also shows a few small, better-defined craters, but the most conspicuous landforms at this spatial scale are large boulders. The whole scene is about 0.9 kilometers (0.6 miles) across.