Planets and Moons  ID: 2060

NEAR Views the Asteroid Eros (Gravity Slope)

Views of the asteroid Eros generated by data from the laser rangefinder. This false color image shows the 'gravity slope' at various regions on the object. The gravity slope is the angle between the local gravitation field (computed assuming a constant density for the asteroid) and the normal to the surface. Blue is low slope, red is high slope.

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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
David Smith (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Maria Zuber (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Science 289, pp 2097-2101 (22 Sept 2000)

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Data Used:
NEAR/NLR 2000/02-2001/02
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This item is part of this series:

SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> Eros
SVS >> Laser Rangefinder
DLESE >> Space science
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons

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