Mathilde - NEAR

Close-up of Mathilde

This image of main belt asteroid 253 Mathilde was taken by the NEAR spacecraft from 1200 km shortly after its closest approach on 27 June 1997. The frame is about 20 km from top to bottom and the lighting is from the lower right. Impact craters ranging in size from 30 km to less than 0.5 km are visible. These point to a violent history of impacts on Mathilde. Mathilde is estimated to be 50 x 53 x 57 km in dimension. Roughly 60% of the surface was imaged by NEAR and five craters larger than 20 km in diameter were seen. (NEAR Mathilde 199706271300)
Larger image: 48K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1997-06-27 T 13:00
Distance/Range (km): 1200.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater
Instrument: Multispectral Imager
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 244 x 537
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.25 x 2.9
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_199706271300
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015