Eros - NEAR

Close up of Psyche Crater on Eros

This picture of the crater Psyche on near-Earth asteroid 433 Eros was produced from images taken by NEAR-Shoemaker on 10 September 2000 from an orbital distance of 100 km. Psyche is about 5 km in diameter and is centered at 32. N, 95. W. Small craters and boulders can be seen inside the crater. Note that the largest boulder and many of the other boulders are not in the deepest part of the crater where they would be expected to roll, but are higher up the left wall of the crater. This may be due to Eros' elongated shape, which results in a situation in which the gravitational low points are not at the bottom of many craters. The contrast between the bright and dark areas is apparent, as are striations within the crater. North is roughly at 9:00. (NEAR Eros psyche_mos)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 2000-09-10
Distance/Range (km): 100.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): 32., 95.
Orbit(s): N/A

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_psyche_mos
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD 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