This document was most recently revised on Saturday,
December 31, 2016.
The NEAR Spacecraft landed on the Eros asteroid on Wednesday,
February 12, 2001. These are links to some articles that provide
a little background information.
|ASTEROID RENDEZVOUS, a NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript, February
NEAR LANDS ON EROS, an Online NewsHour Update, February 12, 2001
Notice: The article NEAR Lands On Eros is
no longer available at the previous address. Thus, the link shown
goes to a PDF file (148 K) on this website. I've preserved the original
path description here for historical purposes. If PBS objects to
my use of the PDF file, and will give me the current link to the article
on the PBS website, then I'll remove my PDF file and link to the PBS article
CLOSE ENCOUNTER, a NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript, February 14,
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous — JHUAPL, Science Update, February 20,
The dust had barely settled on Eros before I was trying to buy the
spacecraft. My efforts to do so continued for the first few months
of the year 2001. Before the year was over, however, I had decided
that I probably couldn't buy it. Either nobody was competent to sell
it or nobody was taking me seriously. Therefore, I waited and thought
about it for a while.
By early 2005, I decided that I'd waited long enough to reasonably presume
that the spacecraft had been abandoned by its former owner. I made
one last attempt to buy the spacecraft but, primarily, I began the process
of claiming it. I stated the basis for my claim in two documents:
Spacecraft, also known as NEAR Shoemaker Declaration and Certificate of
Ownership and NEAR Spacecraft, also known as NEAR Shoemaker
Final Notice and Declaration.
My process of acquiring ownership of the NEAR Spacecraft is shown in
my Acquisition of Ownership document. The letters and other documents
shown there provide a record of my process of claiming ownership of the
NEAR Spacecraft. The most important of the documents are the two
mentioned in the previous paragraph. I sent a copy of the first one,
by certified mail, to the previous owner of the spacecraft. That
owner failed to object. I also had both documents published in the
legal notices section of the White Mountain Independent. I didn't
receive any objections at all.
Please be aware that my contact information is obsolete on most of my
documents regarding the NEAR Spacecraft. My current contact information
is available on the front page of this website. Just click on the
Contact Information button.
You can view my offer to sell the NEAR Spacecraft in my Offer to Sell
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