Exploring the Solar System

Exploring Asteroids and Comets

How was the NEAR spacecraft configured?

NEAR was shaped like an octagonal prism, about 6 feet (1.7 meters) on a side, with four solar panels and a high-gain radio antenna also about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. Its scientific payload included an X-ray/gamma-ray spectrometer, a near-infrared imaging spectrograph, a multispectral camera fitted with a CCD imaging detector, a laser altimeter, a radio science experiment, and a magnetometer.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Astronomy Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App