Eros - NEAR

Two close flyby views of Eros

These two images of asteroid 433 Eros were taken by the NEAR spacecraft at its closest approach on its December 1998 flyby. The first image was the closest taken, from 3830 km at 18:44 UT on 23 December 1998 and the second 21 minutes later at 19:05 from 2500 km. The resolution of the images is roughly 400 meters. Eros is an S-class asteroid estimated to be 33 x 13 x 13 km in size with a rotation period of 5.27 hours. The asteroid is not well lit in these images because the Sun was below and behind the asteroid. (NEAR Eros 199812231844-2)
Full resolution size: 26K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-12-23 T 18:44
Distance/Range (km): 3830.
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: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): 119.
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_199812231843_2
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: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015