Also in the years to come, NASA will launch more missions like NEAR, the first in its Discovery Program of low-cost, scientifically focused planetary missions. "NEAR has raised the bar," says Stamatios Krimigis, head of the Applied Physics Laboratory's Space Department. "This team had no weak links¿not only did we deliver a spacecraft in 26 months, we were ready to launch a month early, and that efficiency continued through five years of operations. This is what the Discovery Program is designed to do." NEAR will be a tough act to follow.