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NEAR Spacecraft Completes Flawless Earth Swingby

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January 26, 1998
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Johns Hopkins University
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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe successfully returned to Earth for a gravity boost toward asteroid Eros. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory scientists have begun releasing photos taken during the flyby.

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft flew by the Earth Friday, Jan. 23, "right on schedule and right on target," says a jubilant Thomas Coughlin, Space Programs Manager at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which manages the NEAR mission. All spacecraft subsystems worked flawlessly as NEAR swooped around the Earth during a 2-hour visit for a gravity assist that put it onto the correct trajectory for a Jan. 10, 1999, encounter with asteroid 433 Eros.


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