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Craft lands on an asteroid just 65 years after Robert Heinlein described it in a story. (Read
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|"NASA's NEAR landed on Eros in 2001.
Now is first _sample return_ mission landing, not landing per se.
(leviret 11/26/2005 5:57:15 PM)
|"An even more entertaining story is in Jerry Pournelle's novel 'Exiles to Glory' (1970's). Three adventurers are marooned by enemies in a shelter on a moon(!) of Ceres, only about 100m in dia. The trio improvises a rocket scooter from an electric water heater and fuel cells, and using rough orbital mechanics and lots of courage, land on Ceres without breaking their helmets."
(Herb Dobbs (email@example.com) 12/22/2005 1:02:30 PM)
|"Japan was not the first to land a space craft on an asteroid. Nasa was the first. Look it up. Please.
(I'm embarrassed; I must have been sleeping that year... Bill)"
(Jared 12/23/2005 6:17:40 PM)
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