On This Day in Space! Feb. 12, 2001: NEAR-Shoemaker lands on asteroid Eros

On Feb. 12, 2001, NASA landed a spacecraft on an asteroid! After a five-year mission, the NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft touched down on the near-Earth asteroid 433 Eros

This was the primary comfortable touchdown on an asteroid, and it was imagined to be the very last thing NEAR-Shoemaker ever did. However NASA was stunned to search out that the spacecraft was nonetheless intact and completely effective after hitting the asteroid. As an alternative of ending the mission as deliberate, NASA spent a pair extra weeks finding out Eros from up shut. 


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