This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the northeast rim of the saddle region on Eros. Bright sinuous features associated with a ridge are evident as are parallel, closely spaced grooves in the floor of the saddle.

This image of the northeast rim of the saddle region on Eros was taken after NEAR entered into its 200 kilometer orbit on March 3, 2000. The resolution of this image is 20 meters (65 feet) per pixel. On the right are bright sinuous features associated with a ridge seen in previous images of the day. Parallel, closely spaced grooves are seen in the floor of the saddle. A cluster of boulders, ubiquitous on Eros, is seen in a small crater on the rim.

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.

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