Asteroid 433 Eros, a solid rock

Asteroid 433 Eros, a solid rock

Fig. 12.12 . This global view of the S-type asteroid 433 Eros was obtained by the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on 29 February 2000 from a distance of 200 kilometers. This perspective highlights the major features of the asteroidís northern hemisphere. The asteroidís largest crater (top) measures 5.5 kilometers wide and sits opposite from an even larger 10-kilometer, saddle-shaped depression (bottom). Studies of the spacecraftís orbit around the asteroid indicate that 433 Eros is a solid rock. (Courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University