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Right on Schedule

NEAR's looping trajectory has already carried it far outside Mars's orbit, where it photographed an asteroid called Mathilde last summer. But after those many millions of miles, NEAR is still on time and on target as it begins the second half of its journey to overtake the asteroid Eros in December 1998.

NEAR's Route

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