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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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Nearest and Dearest ran for seven series over five years.
"Heartfelt sympathy for his nearest and dearest, whatever the circumstances." Sarah Stoker SPORT: Yesterday Newcastle United found out their opposition for the full 2016/17 Championship season.
The glowing young actress married filming manager Mohammed Ezz in a beautiful ceremony with the attendance of her nearest and dearest family members and celebrity friends in July.
And with exam season upon us, households across Wales will soon be sweating on the performance of their nearest and dearest in this summer's GCSE and A-levels.
You can't beat sitting round a table with your nearest and dearest, nicking chips off plates and helping yourself to stew and veg.
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And to ensure he makes the most of this therapy he will need to know his nearest and dearest are close by.
The couple wed last year on holiday in Jamaica, but are now preparing to do it all over again in front of their nearest and dearest. Sadly, juggling five kids with five part-time jobs doesn't leave a lot of time for wedding planning, and the limited budget also adds to the strain.
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One price it is possible to quibble with is the 66-1 Ladbrokes offer about the wonderfully consistent Westmead Guru, but even his nearest and dearest would probably concede that he is just a couple of lengths short of the class required for outright victory, so playing him in tonight's third quarter-final is more appealing.
They kept their engagement secret as they wanted to celebrate with their nearest and dearest before it became public knowledge," the Sun quoted a source as saying.