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14-Dec-98 | NEAR on approach

Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) will be the first spacecraft to orbit a near-Earth asteroid when it arrives at 433 Eros on approximately 10 January. NEAR snapped its first picture of Eros last month (a single pixel in the frame), is currently in nominal health following a safe mode event on 4 December, and has 3 burns scheduled before the new year to adjust its rendezvous approach. It was launched by Delta 232 in February 1996.


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