Earth - NEAR

Earth and Moon

This mosaic shows images of the Earth and Moon acquired by the NEAR spacecraft 19 hours after its flyby of 23 December 1998 at 07:23 UT. The images were taken through three filters at a distance of 400,000 km from both bodies, looking up towards the south poles. The Earth is 12,756 km in diameter and the Moon's diameter is 3475 km. Antartica is clearly visible at the center of the Earth's disk, with Australia at about 1:00. The Moon is shown 5 times brighter and 10 times closer to Earth in this image. (NEAR Earth 199801240230)
Full resolution size: 24K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-01-24 T 02:30
Distance/Range (km): 400,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view
Instrument: Multispectral Imager
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 244 x 537
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.25 x 2.9
Filter: blue, green, infrared
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_199801240230
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