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NEAR Mission Meets Science Goals; Ready For First-Ever Controlled Descent To An Asteroid

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February 7, 2001
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission, the first to orbit an asteroid, has met all of its scientific goals in its year of orbiting asteroid Eros, and will now attempt another first: a controlled descent to the surface of the asteroid on Feb. 12. The main goal of the controlled descent is to gather close-up pictures of the boulder-strewn surface of 433 Eros, more than 196 million miles (316 million kilometers) from Earth.

NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission, the first to orbit an asteroid, has met all of its scientific goals in its year of orbiting asteroid Eros, and will now attempt another first: a controlled descent to the surface of the asteroid on Feb. 12. The main goal of the controlled descent is to gather close-up pictures of the boulder-strewn surface of 433 Eros, more than 196 million miles (316 million kilometers) from Earth.


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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "NEAR Mission Meets Science Goals; Ready For First-Ever Controlled Descent To An Asteroid." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 February 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010201071939.htm>.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. (2001, February 7). NEAR Mission Meets Science Goals; Ready For First-Ever Controlled Descent To An Asteroid. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010201071939.htm
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "NEAR Mission Meets Science Goals; Ready For First-Ever Controlled Descent To An Asteroid." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010201071939.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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