Mathilde - NEAR

First Image of Mathilde

This is the first image of asteroid 253 Mathilde returned by the NEAR spacecraft during its flyby. The image was taken on 27 June 1997 from a distance of 1800 km. The part of the asteroid in the frame is roughly 59 km across, imaged at 230 meters/pixel at highest resolution. Lighting is from the upper right. Note the heavily cratered surface and the large shadow to the left which is a huge impact crater possibly 10 km deep. (NEAR Mathilde 199706271400)
Larger image: 81K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1997-06-27 T 14:00
Distance/Range (km): 1800.
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_199706271400
Other Image ID number:
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