On February 12, two days before NEAR's insertion into orbit around Eros, the spacecraft's camera took this image of Eros from a range of 970 miles (1570 kilometers). This was the last image returned to Earth prior to NEAR's insertion into Eros orbit.
Features as small as a 520 feet (160 meters) across can be seen. This face of Eros is dominated by a huge, hollowed-out gouge which may also have been caused by an impact. The feature which from a greater distance appears heart-shaped (at lower left) is resolved in this view as three impact craters which rims shallow depression.