Get out your
glasses and float next to asteroid
Eros, now over 220 million kilometers away!
Orbiting the Sun once every 1.8 earth-years,
Eros is a diminutive 40 x 14 x 14 kilometer
world of undulating horizons,
craters, boulders and valleys.
Its unsettling scale and bizarre shape are emphasized in
picture - a mosaic of images from the
spacecraft processed to yield a
NEAR's 3-D imaging provided important measurements
of the asteroid's landforms and structures, and
clues to the origin of this city-sized chunk of
The smallest features visible here are about 30 meters across.
After spending a year in orbit around Eros,
the historic Near Shoemaker spacecraft made the first ever
landing on an asteroid's surface
February 12, 2001.