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NEAR Survives Landing on Eros.
February 13, 2001
Astronauts Go For Second Spacewalk
NEAR Survives Landing on Eros
ASTRONAUTS GO FOR SECOND SPACEWALK
After attaching the Destiny laboratory module to space station Alpha, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis went for their second spacewalk of mission STS-98 yesterday. During the 7-hour spacewalk, astronauts Tom Jones and Robert Curbeam installed a docking port onto Destiny for future shuttle missions as well as a window shutter for a half-metre porthole that gives station residents unprecedented views of Earth. Atlantis is expected to return on February 18th.
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NEAR SURVIVES LANDING ON EROS
Although they were sure it was just going to smash up, NASA flight controllers reported that the NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of asteroid Eros, and was continuing to send back communication signals. It continued to snap pictures all the way down. Not only is this the first landing on an asteroid, this is the most distant soft landing ever. Now on the surface of Eros, NASA intends to use NEAR's radio transmissions to help determine if the asteroid has a magnetic field.
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