This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Sept. 9, 2000, shows Eros' saddle, and curving around at upper right is the large bright-and-dark groove.

NEAR Shoemaker took the four images in this mosaic on September 9, 2000, from an altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). NEAR Shoemaker's current orbit affords a global look at Eros much like earlier in the mission, but from a more southerly perspective. The top of this mosaic shows Eros' saddle, and curving around at upper right is the large bright-and-dark groove. The bright curved feature is a broad topographic rise separating the saddle region from the most boulder-rich area on the asteroid .

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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