NEAR scientists have found that most of the larger rocks strewn across Eros were ejected from a single crater in an impact approximately 1 billion years ago. (The crater involved was proposed to be named “Shoemaker”, but is not recognized as such by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and has been formally designated Charlois Regio. ) This event may also be responsible for the 40 percent of the Erotian surface that is devoid of craters smaller than 0. 5 kilometers across. It was originally thought that the debris thrown up by the collision filled in the smaller craters. An analysis of crater densities over the surface indicates that the areas with lower crater density are within 9 kilometers of the impact point. Some of the lower density areas were found on the opposite side of the asteroid but still within 9 kilometers.