Touchdown

Touchdown

. The tip of the white arrow marks the location of the NEAR Shoemaker historic touchdown on the asteroid 433 Eros on 12 February 2001, when it became the first craft to land on an asteroid. This image mosaic was taken from the spacecraft on 3 December 2000 from an altitude of 200 kilometers. (Courtesy of NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University