The MUSES-C mission is a joint Japanese/NASA mission to send a robotic rover to asteroid 4660 Nereus and return a sample. After arrival in September of 2003 the spacecraft will survey the asteroid at an altitude of 20 km, then will perform a series of soft landings with a rover. After two months near Nereus, on 11/11/2003, it will begin the 2-year cruise back to Earth with samples. The rover will measure texture, composition and morphology at the cm-scale of the surface. Instrumentation consists for a multi-band imager and a near-IR spectrometer.

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