Closing in on Asteroid Eros
NEAR spacecraft is less than 2,900 miles (4,700 kilometers)
from Eros and is slowly closing in for its February 14th encounter
with the asteroid named for the Greek god of love.
spacecraft is alive with preparations for its rendezvous.
Its multispectral imager has been taking daily ../../../images for
the past few weeks to confirm that the spacecraft is on track,
to look for any moons orbiting the asteroid, and to measure
brightness variations to help map its rotation.
NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) mission, the first mission
to orbit an asteroid, will study the potato-shaped rock for
one year, using an array of instruments to learn about its
chemical and physical features and evolutionary history. The
asteroid is known to be 21 by 8 by 8 miles (33 by 13 by 13
kilometers) - about twice the size of Manhattan Island.
more information about the encounter and media opportunities,
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