NEAR-Shoemaker after Landing on the Asteroid Eros

The NEAR-Shoemaker mission to the asteroid Eros was not planned to include a landing. But navigation accurate to about a meter (3 feet) enabled controllers to set NEAR gently on the surface in 2001 (shown in this illustration), where it briefly continued to transmit data.

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This illustration depicts NEAR-Shoemaker after landing on the asteroid Eros.
Type: Illustration
Credit: Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Origin: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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This illustration depicts NEAR-Shoemaker after landing on the asteroid Eros.