Eros ~ Asteroid NEO433
Strange Object on Eros taken by NEAR-Shoemaker Spacecraft

The View from Low Orbit

This image of Eros, taken from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on May 1, 2000, is among the first to be returned from "low orbit." Between May and August, the spacecraft will orbit at altitudes near 50 kilometers (31 miles) or less. This will be the prime period of activity for some of the spacecraft's science instruments. The X-ray / gamma-ray spectrometer will build up maps of chemical abundances, while the laser rangefinder measures the shape of Eros to within meters (a few feet). At the same time the magnetometer will watch for indications of Eros' magnetic field and the near-infrared spectrometer will map rock types.

The imager will take pictures of the entire surface of Eros that capture features as small as 4 meters (13 feet) across. This particular image, taken from an orbital altitude of 53 kilometers (33 miles), shows a scene about 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) across. Numerous craters and boulders as small as 8 meters (26 feet) across dot the landscape. The large, rectangular boulder at the upper right is 45 meters (148 feet) across. Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, NEAR-Shoemaker was the first spacecraft launched in NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale planetary missions

Papers and Related Links:

Eros NEO-433 Topographic Map

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Click here to download PDF version

Eros NEO-433 Available Lot Map
PARCEL: SNEO-433-01-0100-000000-W-GRID
32 Lots Available in this region

Credit: John T. Fountain Sr

With Grid
Without Grid

A Touch of Conspiracy

The official story...
"The large, rectangular boulder at the upper right is 45 meters (148 feet) across."
The alternate view...
This object upon closer look does not appear to be an ordinary boulder. It is extremely bright (reflective), very rectangular showing features and shadow. This appears to be some form of structure, perhaps a mining shaft head? Speculation, perhaps... but this is one very odd 'boulder'

Below is a short video interpretation done by one of the UMLR members... showing his impression of what this might look like;


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