This image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Apr. 29, 2000, shows features as small as 7 meters (23 feet) across and boulders a mere tens of meters in size on asteroid Eros.

As the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft continues its descent to lower orbits around Eros, smaller and smaller surface details are becoming visible. This image was taken April 29, 2000, from an orbital height of 84 kilometers (52 miles), just before the engine firing that placed NEAR in a 50-kilometer (31-mile) altitude orbit. The image shows features as small as 7 meters (23 feet) across and boulders a mere tens of meters in size. The whole scene is 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) across.

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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