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Abbrev. for Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous. A NASA mission launched in Feb. 1996. It was the first mission in NASA's Discovery program, the series of projects dedicated to exploring the Solar System. In June 1997 NEAR encountered the asteroid (253) Mathilde before heading for its chief target, (433) Eros. The probe went into orbit around Eros in Feb. 2000, beginning a year-long intensive investigation of the tiny world, the first such examination ever undertaken. In March 2000, NASA decided to rename the probe NEAR-Shoemaker, to commemorate the comet expert Eugene Shoemaker, who had died in 1997. In a series of maneuvers, project scientists brought NEAR-Shoemaker ever closer to Eros and eventually made a surprise last-minute decision to land it. Thus NEAR-Shoemaker became the first human-built object to land on an asteroid. The landing took place Feb. 12 2001. The probe continued to function after landing and transmitted data back to the Earth, including stunning close-up images of the asteroid's surface, for another 16 days.

What does it mean when you dream about something very close?

If something is very close in a dream, this can indicate that the matter being dealt with in the dream is close to consciousness. The dream also might be drawing on a familiar idiom, such as “nearest and dearest” or a “near miss.”

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The dawn of the electric age witnessed the destruction of both nearness and farness.
This kind of nearness does not imply the human ascent to heaven; rather it means God's expansion into the material world.
Soviet scientists told the press conference the nearness of the launching to Mr Khrushchev's departure was "just a coincidence".
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: State of Law (SoL) MP Shakir al-Daraji disclosed today that nearness of opinion has been achieved with Iraqiya bloc.
It was interested in the village of Musachevo because of its nearness to Bulgaria's capital, the good infrastructure, and the good connection with international roads.
instead is nearness, and how the nearest nearness is just as far as far
The appeal of agriculture to British investors rest in the fact that in the region prices of agricultural products are lower than the European Union, the products are of high quality, the legislation has been harmonized and the nearness of the market is also helpful.
Despite the relative geographic nearness of its ruins, the ancient Maya civilization remains mysterious and--what with 2012 marking the so-called end of the Maya Long Count calendar--the subject of ongoing intrigue.
He said: "It isn't just the height of the building, but its nearness to Lloyd House Police radio transmissions and all that Secret Squirrel MI5 stuff would get disrupted.
this firelight's sleepy heat, the nearness of these people residing
The author approaches the subject in five chapters dealing with the themes of nearness, scandal, character, identity, and war.
Because of its nearness and lack of visa restrictions Britain has always been a favourite destination for those who cannot find a job.