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Human Missions to Near-Earth Asteroids: An Update on NASA's Current Status and Proposed Activities for Small Body ExplorationOver 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.
Document ID
20120003592
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
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 Headquarters 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 Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2012
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
JSC-CN-26011
Meeting Information
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012(Niigata)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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