[meteorite-list] Living On The Ends
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:42:05 2004
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