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NEAR Shoemaker

Delta 7925-8

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NEAR Shoemaker

Type: Planetary Science

NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) was a mission to rendezvous and orbit around an near earth asteroid (433 Eros). On the cruise to Eros, it flew by asteroid 253 Mathilde on 27 Jun 1997 and flew by earth on 23 January 1998. After failing to insert itself into Eros’ orbit in January 1999, NEAR finally inserted itself into orbit around the asteroid on the second try on 14 February 2000. Initially in a 323 km × 370 km orbit, it lowered its altitude during observation. After reaching orbit, NEAR was renamed NEAR-Shoemaker.

Location

Space Launch Complex 17B

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

848 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Delta 7925-8 – McDonnell Douglas

Family: Delta
Length: 38.2 m
Diameter: 2.44 m
Launch Mass: 220 T

The Delta 7925-8 was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas with the first launch on 1994-02-19. Delta 7925-8 has 2 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 2 launches. Delta II was an expendable launch system, originally designed and built by McDonnell Douglas. Delta II was part of the Delta rocket family and entered service in 1989. Delta II vehicles included the Delta 6000, and the two later Delta 7000 variants (“Light” and “Heavy”). The rocket flew its final mission ICESat-2 on 15 September 2018, earning the launch vehicle a streak of 100 successful missions in a row, with the last failure being GPS IIR-1 in 1997.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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