NASA is finally ready for the first acid test of its new strategy of doing more with less. The agency is poised to launch a spacecraft developed in the era of ever-tightening budgets and send it far beyond Earth to orbit an asteroid. Near, which stands for Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, is set for launch from Cape Canaveral this week and will embark on an historic mission to 33 Eros. Near is to eventually undertake a nine-month-long close-up study of this rocky remnant of the ...

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