On this day: February 12

Published On: Feb 11 2013 06:16:08 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 12 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln share a birthday, Superman makes his radio debut, President Clinton is acquitted in his impeachment trial, and Charles Schulz dies, all on this day.

OTD February 12 - NEAR Shoemaker
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2001: The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid. The primary scientific objective of NEAR was to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros.

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