NEAR Set to Observe Eros

By Keith Cowing
January 7, 2000
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[07 Jan 2000] According to Johns Hopkins University;” a little more than a year after the successful deep space maneuver that sent it toward Eros – NEAR will be close enough to the asteroid to begin observing it regularly. The observations will fix NEAR’s imaging instruments on their rotating, 21-mile-long target. The low-resolution images won’t offer much detail – NEAR will be about 29,800 miles (47,973 kilometers) from Eros – but they will help the mission team navigate the spacecraft and prepare for the Feb. 14 encounter and yearlong study of the asteroid.”

° NEAR Status Report

° SpaceRef Guide to NEAR

° NEAR website

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