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NASA is Getting NEAR Eros
News story originally written on February 9, 2000

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft is heading to the asteroid, Eros! It will reach the asteroid on Valentines Day, February 14th.

NEAR will find out what the asteroid is made of, found out if it has any moons, and will see if it has a magnetic field.

This is the first time a spacecraft has visited an asteroid. It will orbit the asteroid when it reaches it.

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