Laser altimetry of small-scale features on 433 Eros from NEAR-shoemaker

A. F. Cheng, O. Barnouin-Jha, M. T. Zuber, J. Veverka, D. E. Smith, G. A. Neumann, M. Robinson, P. Thomas, J. B. Garvin, S. Murchie, C. Chapman, L. Prockter

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During the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)-Shoemaker's low-altitude flyover of asteroid 433 Eros, observations by the NEAR Laser Rangefinder (NLR) have helped to characterize small-scale surface features. On scales from meters to hundreds of meters, the surface has a fractal structure with roughness dominated by blocks, structural features, and walls of small craters. This fractal structure suggests that a single process, possibly impacts, dominates surface morphology on these scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-491
Number of pages4
Issue number5516
StatePublished - Apr 20 2001

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    Cheng, A. F., Barnouin-Jha, O., Zuber, M. T., Veverka, J., Smith, D. E., Neumann, G. A., Robinson, M., Thomas, P., Garvin, J. B., Murchie, S., Chapman, C., & Prockter, L. (2001). Laser altimetry of small-scale features on 433 Eros from NEAR-shoemaker. Science, 292(5516), 488-491.