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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.
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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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On August 22, the '112' hotline of the Ministry of Emergency Situations received information about the fire happened at the constructions material markets at the Narimanov district of Baku, nearby Baksol highway.
Nearby Notifications was launched in 2015 as a way for Android users to discover apps and other content based on what's nearby.  For example, if an Android user is near a museum, a Nearby Notification will pop up on their device, providing them with a guide.
'As there were no open windows nearby, I coaxed the bee onto a paper towel, walked out of the restaurant and released the bee onto a pollinator-friendly plant.
Currently, only four options can be chosen at a time and some other options include Food nearby, Download area, Route planner, Traffic reports, Your timeline, Your Places and Start Driving.
'There are no NPA members in Kalamansig, they come from nearby communities and influenced our people, especially the indigenous peoples,' Garcia said.
"I was taking a walk after dinner when I heard a screeching sound followed by a loud bang," Sunil, a helper in a nearby shop, told Khaleej Times in a Facebook message.
People can walk to nearby islets from the seashore when the tide is out.
Bluvision has teamed with Airside Mobile for an implementation of Android's recently launched nearby notifications feature, the company said.
- Nearby Places - See all the details about your current visit location as well as other places nearby.
Soldiers raided other homes in Beit Ummar at midnight and took pictures of them, while also handed 11-year-old Obada Alami a notice to appear for interrogation at the nearby Gush Etzion military complex.
"The driver of the Volkswagen left the vehicle following the collision and was arrested nearby on suspicion of dangerous driving.
We continue our effort to outreach to new nurses and new graduates at the local community college and from nearby Adams State University, offering scholarship opportunities for student memberships and leadership activity opportunities.