The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission / Edition 1

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This book describes the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, its instruments, investigation plans and data center. It contains a complete description of the first launch of NASA's Discovery missions, a series of low-cost planetary missions. The NEAR spacecraft flew by the asteroid 253 Mathilde in June, 1997 on its way to rendezvous with the asteroid 433 Eros in January, 1999. The instruments described include the multispectral imager by S. E. Hawkins and colleagues, the near-infrared spectrometer by J. W. Hawkins and colleagues, the X-ray and gamma-ray spectrometer by J. O. Goldsten and colleagues, the laser altimeter by T. D. Cole and colleagues, and the magnetometer by D. A. Lohr and colleagues. K. Heeres concludes the book with a discussion of the NEAR Science Data Center. This book is of interest to all potential users of the observations by the NEAR mission and to those interested in the scientific return from the mission, and in the planning of future such low-cost missions.

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Six contributions describe various elements of the NEAR mission launched on February 17, 1996, passing by asteroid 253 Mathilde on June 27, 1997, and scheduled to reach and orbit 433 Eros in January, 1999. After an overview of the mission, papers describe the following scientific instruments installed in NEAR to view the asteroid Eros on the 100th anniversary of its discovery: a multispectral imager; near-infrared, x-ray, and gamma-ray spectrometers; and laser range finder; and a fluxgate magnetometer. A final paper describes the NEAR Science Data Center. Reprinted from , v.82, nos.1-2, 1997. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792349570
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprinted from SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 82, 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308

Table of Contents

Foreword. Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous: Mission Overview; A.F. Cheng. Multi-Spectral Imager on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission; S.E. Hawkins, et al. Near Infrared Spectrometer for the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission; J.W. Warren, et al. The X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Spectrometer on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission; J.O. Goldsten, et al. The Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Laser Altimeter; T.D. Cole, et al. Near Magnetic Field Investigation, Instrumentation, Spacecraft Magnetics and Data Access; D.A. Lohr, et al. The NEAR Science Data Center; K.J. Heeres, et al.

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