Several frames from a rotation movie NEAR Shoemaker took on September 19, 2000, from an orbit 100 kilometers (62 miles) above Eros, were combined to create these 3-D views of the saddle region. 3-D images made using the red and blue color technique are called anaglyphs and must be viewed through red-blue 3-D glasses.
Because of the combined rotation of Eros and spacecraft motion, the images were rotated to create the 3-D views. The images all show the same area but use two movie frames separated by increasing amounts to give greater 3-D depth (from not enough to too much). The first image in the upper left has no depth; the image at upper right is made from adjacent movie frames, while the remaining images are separated by 2, 5, 10 and 15 movie frames.
Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, NEAR was the first spacecraft launched in NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale planetary missions. See the NEAR web page at http://near.jhuapl.edu/ for more details.