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NEAR Mission and Eros Orbital Phases

View a plot of the duration for the mission phases below or the Eros orbital phases below.

These references were used to compile the following NEAR mission phase table:

Mission Phase
or
Eros Orbital Phase
Mission
Phase
ID
Length
(Days)
Start Date
(yyyy-ddd)
(yyyy-mm-dd)
(MET)
Stop Date
(yyyy-ddd)
(yyyy-mm-dd)
(MET)
Transition Dates
for Eros Orbits
CRUISE 1
(includes Launch)
CRU1 491 1996-048
1996-02-17
0
1997-175
1997-06-24
42606998
 
MATHILDE MATH 3 1997-176
1997-06-25
42606999
1997-178
1997-06-27
42866198
 
CRUISE 2 CRU2 209 1997-179
1997-06-28
42866199
1998-022
1998-01-22
60923803
 
Earth FLYBY ERTH 4 1998-023
1998-01-23
60923804
1998-026
1998-01-26
61269403
 
CRUISE 3 CRU3 330 1998-027
1998-01-27
61269404
1998-356
1998-12-22
89781411
 
EROS FLYBY ERFB 1 1998-357
1998-12-23
89781412
1998-357
1998-12-23
89867811
 
CRUISE 4 CRU4 383 1998-358
1998-12-24
89867812
2000-010
2000-01-10
122959023
 
EROS ORBIT EROS 399 2000-011
2000-01-11
122959024
2001-043
2001-02-12
157438039
 
    Far Approach   32 2000-011
2000-01-11
122959024
2000-045
2000-02-14
125952609
 
    Injection   18 2000-045
2000-02-14
125952610
2000-063
2000-03-03
127516625
 
    200km Orbit North   31 2000-063
2000-03-03
127516626
2000-093
2000-04-02
130051226
 
    100km Orbit North   21 2000-093
2000-04-02
130051227
2000-113
2000-04-22
131836026
2000-093 to 2000-101
2000-04-02 to 2000-04-11
130051227 to 130898226
    50km Orbit A   76 2000-113
2000-04-22
131836027
2000-189
2000-07-07
138403031
2000-113 to 2000-121
2000-04-22 to 2000-04-30
130051227 to 132521527
    35km Orbit A   17 2000-189
2000-07-07
138403032
2000-206
2000-07-24
139868229
2000-189 to 2000-196
2000-07-07 to 2000-07-14
138403032 to 138953831
    50km Orbit BC   33 2000-206
2000-07-24
139868230
2000-239
2000-08-26
142742530
2000-206 to 2000-213
2000-07-24 to 2000-07-31
139868230 to 140483829
    100km South   48 2000-239
2000-08-26
142742531
2000-287
2000-10-13
146826132
2000-239 to 2000-247
2000-08-26 to 2000-09-05
142742531 to 143605032
    50km Orbit D   12 2000-287
2000-10-13
146826133
2000-299
2000-10-25
147922032
2000-287 to 2000-294
2000-10-13 to 2000-10-20
146826133 to 147488232
    Low Alt Flyover 1   1 2000-299
2000-10-25
147922033
2000-300
2000-10-26
147992232
 
    200km Orbit South   42 2000-300
2000-10-26
147992233
2000-342
2000-12-07
151612633
2000-300 to 2000-307
2000-10-26 to 2000-11-03
147992233 to 148630632
    35km Orbit B   48 2000-342
2000-12-07
151612634
2001-024
2001-01-24
155762535
2000-342 to 2000-348
2000-12-07 to 2000-12-13
151612634 to 152148734
    Low Alt Flyover 2   4 2001-024
2001-01-24
155762536
2001-028
2001-01-28
156115335
 
    35km Orbit C   15 2001-028
2001-01-28
156115336
2001-043
2001-02-12
157417380
 
    Descent   1 2001-043
2001-02-12
157417381
2001-043
2001-02-12
157438039
 
EROS SURFACE ERSF 16 2001-044
2001-02-13
157438040
2001-059
2001-02-28
158790706
 

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