[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - December 18, 2000

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:35 2004
Message-ID: <200012181629.IAA06385_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2000 Dec 18


                          A Last Look From High Up

          NEAR Shoemaker obtained this view of Eros on December
          11, 2000, from a 193-kilometer (120-mile) altitude.
          Taken during an imaging sequence for optical navigation,
          this picture is among the last of Eros obtained from a
          high altitude, showing in perspective a large region of
          the asteroid. For the rest of the mission, imaging
          science will focus on characterizing the surface at
          ever-higher spatial resolutions in order to understand
          the small-scale processes that have shaped Eros'
          unexpectedly complex surface. The picture covers a
          region about 6.2 kilometers (3.9 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 Mon 18 Dec 2000 11:29:17 AM PST

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