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Credit : NASA/John Hopkins University
View of the asteroid Eros by the NEAR spacecraft in orbit

The NEAR probe came near Eros on February 12, 2000 and has been put in orbit around the asteroid. To complete this animation, 780 images were taken every 26 seconds. These images were used for navigation during the orbit. The change of illumination of the asteroid during its rotation provides valuable data on the nature of the observed details of the surface.

Here, a simulation of the orbit..

Credit : Cornell University