Business Editors ITHACA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2000--During its lonely six-year voyage to Jupiter, the Galileo spacecraft paid a brief but remarkable visit to the asteroid Gaspra in 1991, returning the first-ever close-up images of one of these reclusive solar system objects. Nearly a decade later, NEAR made history when it became the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid, settling in for a long-term study of the asteroid Eros. Dramatic images from both of these encounters have been selected to appear in the 2001 edition of "The Year In Space" http://www.YearInSpace.com. Sponsored by seventeen of the world's leading space organizations, including Boeing (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Space Systems/Loral (NYSE:LOR), SPACEHAB (NYSE:SPAB), Ball Aerospace (NYSE:BLL) and SPACE.com, this 168-page weekly desk calendar features color photographs from the past, present and future of space exploration and astronomical discovery. "The Year In Space" includes 53 weekly color space images carefully selected from NASA's archives, world-famous observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope, planetary spacecraft and talented astrophotographers. Historic images from Gemini and Viking appear along with recent images from the International Space Station and Mars Global Surveyor. An informative essay accompanies every image, and each weekly calendar page is filled with facts and anniversaries relating to the history of space exploration and astronomy. "The Year In Space" is also one of the most functional desk calendars available today, with weekly, monthly, yearly and multi-year calendars, a daily moon phase calendar, an address section and blank pages for notes. "The Year In Space" can now be ordered on the web http://www.YearInSpace.com or by calling 800/736-6836. As an incentive to order early, there will be free domestic shipping on all orders placed before November 1. Calendars will ship on October 31. Discounts up to 47% are available for all NASA employees and affiliates nationwide, as well as for employees, customers, retirees and stockholders of organizations that sponsor the calendar, including SPACE.com, Boeing (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Space Systems/Loral (NYSE:LOR), Ball Aerospace & Technologies (NYSE:BLL), Sea Launch, SPACEHAB (NYSE:SPAB), Eagle Picher Technologies, MD Robotics, ASE Space Solar Cells, Meade Instruments (NYSE:MEAD), Countdown Creations, Space Media, Inc., Sky & Telescope, Starry Night, The Planetary Society, and the Space Foundation.
Dramatic Asteroid Images Selected For ''The Year In Space''