Eros - NEAR

Close-up Descent Image of Eros from 250 meters

This image of the surface of main belt asteroid Eros was taken towards the end of NEAR's descent to the surface from an altitude of 250 meters. the frame is about 12 meters across and shows clusters of rocks and boulders exhibiting varying degrees of burial. This frame shows part of the transition from a rocky area at upper right to a smoother area, known as a "pond", at lower left. The spacecraft landing site was about 15 meters to the lower left of this frame. (NEAR Eros 0157417133)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 2001-02-12 T 19:41:54
Distance/Range (km): 250.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -35.7, 279.5
Orbit(s): lander

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: 3
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 62.54
Phase Angle (deg): 66.11
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 18.86

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_0157417133
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 96-008A-01B
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: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015