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Tuesday, 13 February, 2001, 12:21 GMT
In pictures: Asteroid landing
The Near Shoemaker spacecraft sent back some historic images as it came in to land on the surface of the asteroid Eros.


Near Shoemaker spacecraft - artists' rendition
The Near (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) Shoemaker probe orbited the asteroid for a year before landing

Eros with arrow showing landing site
The Eros landing site - the asteroid is 33km (21 miles) long and 13km (eight miles) wide

View of Eros, showing cratered terrain south of landing site
The asteroid is some 315 million km (196 million miles) from Earth

Eros surface - large oblong boulder with shadow is 7.4m (24 feet) long
Coming in to land - 700m (2,500 feet) above the surface

View of the asteroid's surface
Just 250m away - the upper right cluster of rocks is 1.4m across

Last image of Eros
The craft's last image, at a range of 120m (394 feet)
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