NEAR Shoemaker orbiting a groovy asteroid
Posted: May 20, 2000
This image showing several grooves was taken May 17, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 52 kilometers (32 miles). The whole scene is about 1.4 kilometers (0.8 miles) across, and shows features as small as 4 meters (13 feet).
Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, NEAR-Shoemaker was the first spacecraft launched in NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale planetary missions.
Boulders seen on asteroid
Looking into asteroid Eros' saddle wall
NEAR Shoemaker puts Eros into perspective
Light and shadow create strange shapes on Eros
The view of asteroid Eros from low orbit
NEAR Shoemaker settling down for a long mapping