| || Space News for September 27, 2001|
New Information on asteroid Eros
It's been several months since NEAR sent back data about asteroid Eros, but scientists are continuing to discover new insights about asteroid formation. The survey and landing from NEAR revealed that the asteroid is littered with boulders, held on by the weak gravity. In low regions, pools of bluish dust have been observed, which scientists believe flows across the surface like a liquid. This new research information was published in the journal Nature.
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