Rendezvous with Eros
March 3, 2011
This image, taken by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of Eros, an asteroid with an orbit that takes it somewhat close to Earth. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed Eros and dozens of other near-Earth asteroids as part of an ongoing survey to study their sizes and compositions using infrared light.
Topics: Technology Internet, Environment, Infrared telescopes, Planetary defense, Space exploration, Spitzer Space Telescope, Discovery program, Near-Earth object, NEAR Shoemaker, 433 Eros, Asteroid, Great Observatories program, Hubble Space Telescope