PerspectivePlanetary Science

New Views of Asteroids

Science  19 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5346, pp. 2070-2071
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5346.2070

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NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission will enter orbit around an asteroid in 1999, thus enabling detailed study of these peculiar objects. In his Perspective, Asphaug describes the current state of understanding of asteroids, and in particular discusses results published in the same issue by Veverka et al. and Yeomans et al. reporting on a flyby encounter between NEAR and the main-belt asteroid Mathilde.