[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - December 6, 2000

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:32 2004
Message-ID: <200012062215.OAA00762_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2000 Dec 06


                           Eros' Battered Surface

          NEAR Shoemaker captured this image of Eros on November
          28, 2000, while taking a color flyover movie from 193
          kilometers (120 miles) away. This particular view
          simultaneously shows several key indicators of the
          battering Eros' surface has sustained over the eons.
          Most obvious are the countless craters, some barely big
          enough for the camera to see. Less obvious are the signs
          of a layer of fragmental debris, or regolith, blanketing
          the surface. Among them are the rounded horizon, the
          boulders visible in the distance, and the bright patches
          of exposed subsurface material on steep slopes. This
          scene is approximately 6.6 kilometers (4.1 miles)
          Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University
          Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland,
          NEAR-Shoemaker was the first spacecraft launched in
          NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale
          planetary missions. See the NEAR web site for more
          details (http://near.jhuapl.edu) .
Received on Wed 06 Dec 2000 05:15:22 PM PST

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