[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - January 12, 2001

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:41:59 2004
Message-ID: <200101121815.KAA01276_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2001 Jan 12


                           An Eraser Mark on Eros

          NEAR Shoemaker captured this amazing picture of adjacent
          regions in different states of surface degradation on
          January 7, 2001, from an orbital altitude of 35
          kilometers (22 miles). The upper half and lower right
          parts of the image show surfaces with "typical" rounded
          craters and large boulders. However, the abruptly edged
          swath extending from lower left to middle right is
          remarkably more smooth, subdued, and lacking in
          small-scale detail of any type -- almost as if Eros had
          been altered by a giant eraser. The whole scene is about
          1.4 kilometers (0.9 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 Fri 12 Jan 2001 01:15:04 PM PST

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