Eros in Color

Eros in color

This color image of Eros was acquired by NEAR’s
multispectral imager on February 12, 2000, at a range of
1100 miles (1800 kilometers). It is part of the final
approach imaging sequence prior to orbit insertion and is
intended to map the color properties of Eros across all of
the illuminated surface. The image shows approximately the
color that Eros would appear to the unaided human eye. Its
subtle butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of
minerals thought to be the major components of asteroids
like Eros.

(Color composite of images 0125766469, 0125766471, 0125766473)

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