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'[OT] Asteroid Rendezvous [OT]'
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LAUREL, Md. (AP) - A robot craft that missed its mark a year ago is
on target for a Valentine's Day rendezvous with an asteroid named for
the Greek god of love. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)
spacecraft is approaching the asteroid Eros slowly and is expected to
slip into orbit around the mountain-sized space rock at midmorning
Monday. If successful, NEAR will become the first spacecraft to orbit
an asteroid. Researchers hope data compiled about Eros could one day
help humans defend the Earth against a "killer asteroid" like one
thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Eros, a
potato-shaped rock, is 21 miles long and eight miles wide; by
comparison, New York's Manhattan island is about 13 1/2 miles long
and 2 1/2 miles wide. See
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