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NEAR Shoemaker

(NEAR, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Schoemaker, Discovery 1, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous)
(space mission aiming to return a sample of an asteroid)

NEAR Shoemaker (for Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Schoemaker, aka Discovery 1, originally NEAR for Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) was a NASA mission to the asteroid Eros launched in 1996, began orbiting Eros in 2000 and operational until shortly after landing on the asteroid in 2001. Instruments:


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Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEAR_Shoemaker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Program
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/near-shoemaker/
https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/near.html

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