[meteorite-list] NEAR Shoemaker Image Of The Day - January 29, 2001

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:42:06 2004
Message-ID: <200101291751.JAA15735_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

                   NEAR image of the day for 2001 Jan 29


                         Lowest Altitude Diversity

          NEAR Shoemaker took this picture at 8:45 p.m. EST on
          January 25, 2001, during one of the spacecraft's
          low-altitude passes over the surface of Eros. The
          distance to the center of the picture is only 9
          kilometers (5.6 miles), so the entire scene is a mere
          340 meters (1,120 feet) across. At this scale, we can
          distinguish features less than 2 meters across. The
          asteroid's surface appears nearly devoid of obvious
          craters and is instead dominated by small boulders. In
          the upper left part of the image, a smooth deposit with
          a lower density of boulders is in contrast to the very
          rough-textured material seen at the lower right.
          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 29 Jan 2001 12:51:44 PM PST

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