Eros - NEAR

Final Descent Image of Eros from 130 meters

This is the last image of main belt asteroid 433 Eros taken by NEAR before it touched down on the surface. The frame measures about 6 meters across. The streaky pattern at the bottom is due to loss of signal as the spacecraft touched down while transmitting this final image. The image was taken from an altitude of 130 meters and shows details down to about 1 cm. Sinuous erosion patterns can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The smooth surface appears to be an example of a "pond", smooth features detected inside craters on Eros. Estimates place NEAR's landing site about 7 meters to the left of this frame. (NEAR Eros 0157417198)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 2001-02-12 T 19:42:59
Distance/Range (km): 0.13
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): 63.37
Phase Angle (deg): 66.15
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 17.97

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_0157417198
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