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Asteroid Rendezvous: NEAR Shoemaker's Adventures at Eros Hardcover – 1 Aug 2002

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  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899066551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899066551
  • ASIN: 0521813603
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.7 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… you will find that the opinions of the mission director vie with the leader and members of the science team … This diversity of views makes the book refreshingly reminiscent of the cut and thrust of space mission planning and execution. the illustrations are superb, with the most astounding images of asteroids obtained so far. Asteroid Rendezvous is a really informative and enjoyable book and a most fitting tribute to an astoundingly successful space mission.' New Scientist

'This is a collection of personal accounts of the successful NEAR-Shoemaker mission from the scientists and engineers who worked on it. … The enthusiasm of the teams involved with this mission comes across forcefully, as well as the numbers of people and their diverse concerns. It is also a good round-up of current thinking on asteroid composition, not least because the observations from this mission make up a significant part of our body of knowledge about these small but important members of the solar system.' A&G

'Bell and Mitton have written an excellent text and it is well illustrated.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight

' … I am pleased with this hardcopy record of what was an exciting mission with many thrills and spills for the reader to follow. I particularly appreciated the bibliography page, which contains some excellent and very pertinent pointers for further information, including books, general articles, technical papers and Websites. I for one will want to follow up on some of the details mentioned in the text for which I now have an appetite to learn more.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association

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An account of NASA's NEAR mission to the asteroid Eros, by some of the scientists and engineers most closely involved with it. They recount the whole dramatic story, from concept to the first ever landing of a spacecraft on an asteroid, and the resulting discoveries. Highly illustrated for the general reader.

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Thomas Erickson
5.0 out of 5 starsAsteroid Rendezvous Very Interesting. Fill in the gap asteroid exploring. Great
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Roger D. Launius
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Excellent Account of a Unique Space Science Mission
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