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19-Oct-98 | NEAR TCM uses upgraded software

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. Launched on Delta 232, NEAR recently received upgraded Flight Computer software which will provide “fancy burn” control for use in orbit. TCM 15 using the fancy burn software was successfully completed on 14 October at 1659 UTC.

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