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There is always something in it for the corporation, and in a case like this, keeping the credit for saving the world secret could not have been paid for by more government contracts.
NASA's Deep Space 1 probe pulled off an unparalled maneuver 117 million miles from Earth early Thursday, flying itself about 10 miles away from an asteroid for a close-up photo shoot.
The MST-21 is intended for usage in typical Telemetry, Tracking and Control operations of orbiting satellites, and is configured for digital applications up to 1.5 Mbps. The transmitter section uses linear phase modulation allowing users to receive proprietary baseband waveforms. This important feature gives the MST-21 unparalleled flexibility in space-based applications.
Scientists are delighted with the high-quality, close-up images of Asteroid 433 Eros that NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft transmitted as it floated to a historic landing on the rocky surface nearly 200 million miles (322 million kilometers) from Earth on Monday, February 12.
Since the Sample Canister has been delivered to the STARDUST cleanroom at Johnson Space Center (JSC) on January 17th, the Preliminary Examination Team (PET) along with JSC Curatorial staff have been making good progress toward processing the returned samples.