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asteroid

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Any of the many small rocky or metallic objects in the Solar System, mostly lying in a zone (the asteroid belt) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter; also known as a minor planet. They...

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Near Shoemaker

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

A NASA space probe launched in 1996 February to the asteroid Eros. Originally known as Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), it was renamed NEAR Shoemaker after entering orbit around Eros...

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Near-Earth Asteroid Prospector

Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

(NEAP)

The first commercial attempt to build and fly a scientific mission into deep space. The US mission, to fly to a near-Earth asteroid, was planned by SpaceDev, the world's...

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