|MadSci Network: Engineering|
The Near Earth Asteriod Prospector (NEAP) mission is still in the planning stages, so some of this information may change. As it stands now, the NEAP spacecraft is scheduled to be launched April 3, 2001. It will make several orbits around the Moon to change its trajectory without using any fuel, and then its engine is scheduled to be fired in January 2002, leading to a rendezvous with the asteroid 4660 Nereus in May, 2002. The asteroid science phase of the mission is planned for 30 to 90 days. You can read details of the known experiments and follow changes in the mission plan and schedule at the NEAP home page: http://www.spacedev.com/NEAP/NEAP.html Best, -Adams Douglas
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