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In 1991 the Galileo spacecraft photographed the asteroid, Gaspra. This picture shows the asteroid in false color. Gaspra circles the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.
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Japan And U.S. Join Together for Asteroid Expedition
News story originally written on June 20, 1997

NASA is going to send a spacecraft to visit an asteroid. Two countries will work on the space mission - Japan and the United States.

The name of the asteroid is Nereus. Nereus is a small asteroid. It is rocky and potato-shaped.

The name of the spacecraft is MUSES. The MUSES spacecraft has a very small robot on it. This robot will land on the asteroid. It will do experiments and collect rocks from the asteroid.

The scientists can learn a lot from these rocks. The scientists hope to find out more information about our solar system.

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