[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - December 19, 2000

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:36 2004
Message-ID: <200012191757.JAA13323_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2000 Dec 19


                          The Home Stretch Begins

          NEAR Shoemaker obtained this image on December 15, 2000,
          from an altitude of 34 kilometers (21 miles), during the
          first days of its final low mapping orbit. The science
          strategy in this orbit focuses on very high-resolution
          imaging and measuring the elemental composition of the
          asteroid's surface using the X-ray and gamma-ray
          spectrometers. This picture, for example, covers a
          region only about 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles) across, and
          each pixel projects onto the surface as a spot only
          about 2 meters (6 feet) 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 Tue 19 Dec 2000 12:57:13 PM PST

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