NEAR encounter question

Mon, 19 Jan 1998 13:35:04 -0700 (MST)

I have also had some confusion over information published regarding the
NEAR event. In several places, I have seen it published that the spacecraft
will appear as bright as the star Capella. Is this only a best case
scenario (e.g., in the very center of the relected spot?)? How fast is
the brightness expected to degrade as one is away from the center of the
spot, or are there too many unknowns to make a reasonable guess?


Ron Athey