Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Imaging Team
NEAR flew by C-asteroid 253 Mathilde on 27 June 1997, flew by S-asteroid 433 Eros on 23 December 1998, and then began orbiting 433 Eros on 14 February 2000. The investigation of Eros continued for almost a year and was concluded by landing the orbiter on the surface of the asteroid. MSSS President, Michael C. Malin, was a member of the NEAR Multispectral Imaging/Near Infrared Spectroscopy science team.
|Launch: 17 February 1996||Eros Orbit Insertion: 14 February 2000||Landing & Last Contact: 12 February 2001|
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