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The NEAR Mission
Volume 19, Number 2 (April–June 1998)

The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission was developed for NASA by APL. It is the first mission of NASA's Discovery Program, which emphasizes "faster, better, cheaper" planetary scientific missions. This issue of the Technical Digest is the first of two issues on the NEAR mission and primarily discusses the development of the instruments and spacecraft subsystems.

The NEAR Mission: Guest Editor's Introduction

T. B. Coughlin

NEAR Overview

A. F. Cheng, R. W. Farquhar, and A. G. Santo

The NEAR Multispectral Imager

S. E. Hawkins III

The Near-Infrared Spectrometer

K. Peacock, J. W. Warren, and E. H. Darlington

The NEAR X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

J. O. Goldsten

The NEAR Magnetic Field Instrument

D. A. Lohr, L. J. Zanetti, B. J. Anderson, T. A. Potemra, and M. H. Acuña

NEAR Laser Rangefinder: A Tool for the Mapping and Topologic Study of Asteroid 433 Eros

T. D. Cole

Data Processing Hardware for the NEAR Instruments

C. B. Hersman, J. D. Boldt, P. Eisenreich, S. F. Oden, and D. K. Temkin

The Design and Testing of the NEAR Spacecraft Structure and Mechanisms

T. J. Hartka and D. F. Persons

Design, Development, and Flight of the NEAR Propulsion System

L. E. Mosher and S. Wiley

Thermal Design of NEAR

C. J. Ercol and S. J. Krein

Power Subsystem Design and Early Mission Performance

J. E. Jenkins, G. Dakermanji, M. H. Butler, and P. U. Carlsson

The NEAR Guidance and Control System

T. E. Strikuerda, J. C. Ray, and D. R. Haley

The NEAR Spacecraft RF Telecommunications System

R. S. Bokulic, M. K. E. Flaherty, J. R. Jensen, and T. R. McKnight

The NEAR Command and Data Handling System

D. D. Stott, D. A. Artis, B. K. Heggestad, J. E. Kroutil, R. O. Krueger, L. A. Linstrom, J. A. Perschy, P. D. Schwartz, and G. F. Sweitzer

The NEAR Solid-State Data Recorders

R. K. Burek

Cooperative Fabrication of the NEAR Spacecraft

J. R. Dettmer

Efficient Spacecraft Test and Operations with the NEAR Ground System

G. G. Whitworth, A. J. Somers, and W. C. Stratton

The NEAR Science Data Center

K. J. Heeres, D. B. Holland, and A. F. Cheng

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