This image together with the next 13 images shows Ida as
it appeared in the field of view of Galileo's camera on August 28, 1993. Asteroid Ida
rotates once every 4 hours, 39 minutes and clockwise when viewed from above the
north pole; these images cover about one Ida 'day.' This sequence has been used to
create a 3-D model that shows Ida to be almost croissant shaped. The earliest view
(first in series) was taken from a range of 240,000 kilometers (150,000 miles), 5.4 hours
before closest approach. The asteroid Ida draws its name from mythology, in which
the Greek god Zeus was raised by the nymph Ida.