[meteorite-list] Living On The Ends

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:42:05 2004
Message-ID: <200101252005.MAA29015_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


          Living on the Ends
          January 24, 2001

          NEAR Shoemaker goes to the ends of Eros over the next
          few days, embarking on a series of low passes that will
          give mission scientists their best look yet at the
          asteroid's cratered tips.

          A quick maneuver today at 11:05 a.m. EST sent NEAR
          Shoemaker from a 22-mile orbit - where it had spent the
          past six weeks - on course to perform five to six low
          flyovers over the ends of the shoe-shaped asteroid. The
          first pass on Jan. 24 will bring NEAR Shoemaker within 4
          miles (6.5 kilometers) of the surface. The series is
          scheduled to wrap up in the early hours of Jan. 28, with
          a daring run just 1 to 2 miles (between 2 to 3
          kilometers) over the surface.

          NEAR Shoemaker then heads back out to 22 miles, where it
          will stay until the mission-ending controlled descent on
          Feb. 12. The spacecraft is more than 192 million miles
          (307 million kilometers) from Earth.
Received on Thu 25 Jan 2001 03:05:41 PM PST

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