Fast Facts: Asteroid Eros

Fast Facts: Asteroid Eros
Description Eros, named for the god of love, is a near-Earth asteroid, which often comes close to our planet. A huge amount of information about this object was discovered by the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission, which landed on the asteroid in 2000.
Age About the same age as the Sun: 4.5 billion years
Location Inner solar system
Avg. distance from the Sun 218.7 million kilometers (135.9 million miles)
Diameter 33 km x 13 km x 13 km (or 20 mi X 8 mi X 8 mi)
Mass 7.2 x 1018 kilograms
Orbital period around the Sun 1.76 Earth years (643 Earth days)
Number of moons 0
Asteroid Eros
Eros is the first asteroid to be landed upon by a spacecraft.
(Image courtesy of NASA)

Fast Facts: Asteroid Eros