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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) is the first launch of the Discovery program. The goal is to answer fundamental questions about the nature and orign of near-Earth objects through a close investigation of the asteroid 433 Eros.

Mission Timeline

  • Feb. 17, 1996 - Launch with a Delta II rocket
  • Jun. 27, 1997 - Mathilde Encounter
  • Jan. 22, 1998 - Earth swingby
  • Jan. 10, 1999 - Eros arrival

IRTF Mission Support

  • Thermal observations versus wavelength to model the thermal inertia nad temperature for interpreting the 0.9-2.5 micron spectra
  • 10 micron spectra for minerology

Visits since 10/99. Last Updated on December 15, 2001
Karen. Meech, Institute for Astronomy, UH