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Human Missions to Near-Earth Asteroids: An Update on NASA's Current Status and Proposed Activities for Small Body Exploration
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Author and Affiliation:
Abell, P. A.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
Mazanek, D. D.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Barbee, B. W.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Mink, R. G.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Landis, R. R.(NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA, United States);
Adamo, D. R.(Aerospace Consultant Enterprises, Houston, TX, United States);
Johnson, L. N.(NASA, Washington, DC, United States);
Yeomans, D. K.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States);
Reeves, D. M.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Larman, K. T.(Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., Hampton, VA, United States);
Drake, B. G.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
Friedensen, V. P.(NASA, Washington, DC, United States)
Abstract: Over the past several years, much attention has been focused on the human exploration of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Two independent NASA studies examined the feasibility of sending piloted missions to NEAs, and in 2009, the Augustine Commission identified NEAs as high profile destinations for human exploration missions beyond the Earth-Moon system as part of the Flexible Path. More recently the current U.S. presidential administration directed NASA to include NEAs as destinations for future human exploration with the goal of sending astronauts to a NEA in the mid to late 2020s. This directive became part of the official National Space Policy of the United States of America as of June 28, 2010.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2012
Document ID:
20120003592
(Acquired Mar 30, 2012)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: JSC-CN-26011
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012; 16-20 May 2012; Niigata; Japan
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: ASTEROID MISSIONS; ASTEROIDS; MANNED SPACE FLIGHT; MISSION PLANNING; NEAR EARTH OBJECTS; PREDICTIONS; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; SPACE EXPLORATION
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