Last, Closest Image of Eros
October 28, 2009
This is the last image of asteroid 433 Eros received from NEAR Shoemaker. Taken from a range of 120 meters (394 feet), it measures 6 meters (20 feet) across. What we can see of the rock at the top of image measures 4 meters (12 feet) across. The streaky lines at the bottom indicate loss of signal as the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid during transmission of this image.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Discovery program, NEAR Shoemaker, 433 Eros, Streaky the Supercat, DC Comics, Asteroids, EROS, Spacecraft, Space exploration