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NEAR Spacecraft Closing In On Eros Asteroid

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December 15, 1998
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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe is about to make several engine burns prior to slipping into orbit around asteroid 433 Eros on Jan. 10. It will be the first close-up, comprehensive study of an asteroid.

The NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) spacecraft is about to make interplanetary history. On Jan. 10, 1999, after traveling more than a billion and a half miles, it will reach asteroid 433 Eros and embark on the first close-up and comprehensive study of an asteroid. The NEAR mission, the first launch in NASA's Discovery program, is being managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Md., which also built the spacecraft.


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Johns Hopkins University. (1998, December 15). NEAR Spacecraft Closing In On Eros Asteroid. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981214140038.htm
Johns Hopkins University. "NEAR Spacecraft Closing In On Eros Asteroid." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981214140038.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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