Over the horizon of Eros

Over the horizon of Eros

. This incredible picture of the asteroid 433 Eros, taken from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Valentine’s day 14 February 2000, shows the view looking from one end of the asteroid across the gouge on its underside and toward the opposite end. House-sized boulders are present in several places; one lies on the edge of the giant crater separating the two ends of the asteroid. A bright patch is visible on the asteroid in the top left-hand part of this image, and shallow troughs can be seen just below this patch, running parallel to the asteroid’s long dimension. (Courtesy of NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University