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Close Approach to Eros

By Ruidh in MLP
Tue Oct 17, 2000 at 12:44:38 PM EST
Tags: Science (all tags)
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The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission to the asteroid Eros is preparing to execute a low pass over the asteroid. At closest pass, the craft will be 5.3 km (3.3 miles) above the surface of the asteroid. The pictures returned from this low-pass will show features as small as 2m in size.


I have been watching the Image of the Day page since February or so when I first heard about the mission. There are some very awsome pictures in the archive. Color shots, movies, comparisons of the same region under different lighting conditions, even a graphical representation of up and down on this irregularly shaped rock.

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Poll
What unexpected feature will the close pass to Eros reveal?
o Alien graffiti on crater walls 14%
o Signs of the lost tribe of Israel 12%
o A black monolith 33%
o Terry Pratchett's missing chapter 18%
o 42 20%

Votes: 48
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o Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
o Image of the Day
o archive
o graphical representation of up and down
o Also by Ruidh


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Close Approach to Eros | 2 comments (2 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Poll-related complaint. (none / 0) (#1)
by Matrix on Tue Oct 17, 2000 at 04:29:37 PM EST

I'm amazed that there's no Ender's Game-related option in the poll. Given the fairly large role that Eros plays in that book, I'd've expected something...


Matrix
"...Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress."
- Lord Vetinari, pg 312 of the Truth, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Come on people (2.00 / 1) (#2)
by a humble lich on Tue Oct 17, 2000 at 08:31:09 PM EST

Half of those poll items we expect to find on Eros. Why would we even bother with a probe if we didn't expect to find the 42 members of the lost tribe of Israel huddled around a back monolith writting Pratchett's missing chapter on the crater walls.

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