Asteroid 433 Eros

Asteroid 433 Eros

. 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). (Courtesy of NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University