Close-up view of the surface of 433 Eros

Close-up view of the surface of 433 Eros

. This NEAR Shoemaker picture of the surface of asteroid 433 Eros was taken from a range of 250 meters on 12 February 2001, just before landing on the asteroid. The image is just 12 meters across, and the cluster of rocks at the upper right measures 1.4 meters across. (Courtesy of NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University