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Smoked. In History
Today in 1996, Nasa’s Discovery Program began as the Near Shoemaker spacecraft lifted off to orbit and land on an Asteroid — 433 Eros.
The Discovery Program was founded by Nasa in 1992 and consisted of a series of low-cost space missions focussed on exploring our Solar System.
The Near Shoemaker launched today in history was designed by the Johns Hopkins to study near-Earth objects from close orbit, over a period of a year.
The 433 Eros. on which the Near Shoemaker landed is one of the first discovered and second-largest near Earth object with a mean diameter of around 17 kms.