Asteroid 253 Mathilde

Asteroid 253 Mathilde

Fig. 12.11 . An image mosaic of the C-type asteroid 253 Mathilde acquired by the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on 27 June 1997. The part of the asteroid shown is about 59 kilometers by 47 kilometers across. The angular shape of the upper left edge is a large crafter viewed edge on. Mathilde’s low mass density indicates that it is a porous rubble pile. (Courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University