NEAR mission science team members have concluded that the majority of the small features that make up the surface of asteroid Eros more likely came from an unrelenting bombardment from space debris than internal processes. Details of the research from NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission were published this week in Science and are based on the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft's Oct. 25-26, 2000, low-altitude flyover of asteroid Eros that brought the spacecraft to within about 3 miles of the surface of the asteroid.
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