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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Abstract

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
JournalScience
Volume292
Issue number5516
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2001
Externally publishedYes

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