Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft was
launched February 17, 1996.
- NEAR flew by C-asteroid 253 Mathilde on June 27, 1997.
- NEAR flew by S-asteroid 433 Eros on December 23, 1998.
- NEAR began orbiting S-asteroid 433 Eros on February 14, 2000.
- The NEAR mission ended with a landing on Eros on February 12, 2001.
- MSSS Connection: MSSS President, Michael C. Malin, was
a member of the Multispectral Imaging/Near Infrared
Spectroscopy Science Team for NEAR.
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Background and Information
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