[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - December 8, 2000

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:33 2004
Message-ID: <200012081621.IAA10116_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2000 Dec 08


                            Eros Wears Its Rings

          NEAR Shoemaker photographed the region south of the
          large crater Psyche on December 4, 2000, from a
          198-kilometer (123-mile) altitude. The Sun illuminates
          Eros' surface from nearly overhead, and the lack of
          shadows allows variations in surface brightness to stand
          out. This view emphasizes that a major source of these
          variations are the ring-like deposits of relatively
          highly reflective materials on the inner walls of many
          craters. The picture covers a region about 7.2
          kilometers (4.5 miles) across.
          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 Fri 08 Dec 2000 11:21:46 AM PST

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