February 12, 2001
Last, Closest Image of Eros
This is the last image of asteroid 433 Eros received from NEAR Shoemaker. Taken from a
range of 120 meters (394 feet), it measures 6 meters (20 feet) across. What we can see of
the rock at the top of image measures 4 meters (12 feet) across. The streaky lines at the
bottom indicate loss of signal as the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid during
transmission of this image.
Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory