This image of asteroid Eros taken on Oct. 30, 2000, by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows brightness features on the crater's wall that are characteristic of most of the larger craters on Eros.

NEAR Shoemaker took this image on October 30, 2000, from an orbital altitude of 189 kilometers (118 miles), as part of a color mapping sequence. The whole view is about 6.7 kilometers (4.2 miles) across and shows the inside of a 3.2-kilometer (2-mile) diameter crater. The brightness features on the crater's wall are characteristic of most of the larger craters on Eros.

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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