Mathilde - NEAR

Departing view of Mathilde

This image shows main belt asteroid 253 Mathilde as the NEAR spacecraft departed after closest approach on its flyby on 27 June 1997. NEAR looked back at an asteroid almost fully illuminated by the Sun, which is lighting the scene from behind the camera and to the right. The size of Mathilde is estimated to be 50 x 53 x 57 km. The largest visible crater is 30 km in diameter. Evidence of other large and small craters are clearly visible. (NEAR Mathilde 19970627_dep)
Larger image: 25K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1997-06-27
Distance/Range (km): N/A
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): 43.
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_19970627_dep
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