(253) Mathilde

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Deutsch: (253) Mathilde ist ein Asteroid des Asteroidenhauptgürtels mit einem mittleren Durchmesser von etwa 50 km. Im Juni 1997 flog die Raumsonde NEAR-Shoemaker in 2.400 km Entfernung an Mathilde vorbei und sandte fotografische Aufnahmen zur Erde.
English: 253 Mathilde is a Main belt asteroid that was visited by the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on its way to asteroid 433 Eros. It is a primitive C-type asteroid, the first such asteroid to be visited by a spacecraft. It is also currently the largest asteroid to be visited by a spacecraft.