Posts Tagged ‘NEA’

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Atlas V begins OSIRIS-REx’s round trip to the asteroid Bennu


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has began a seven-year round trip to the asteroid Bennu on Thursday, beginning its journey via a launch aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas…

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NASA updates status and timetable of ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) standing committee has presented the NASA Advisory Council with a status update regarding the agency’s direction and execution of the upcoming Asteroid…

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NASA looks to test planetary defense options on ARM mission


When NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) launches next decade, the flight will not only be tasked with bringing a piece of an asteroid to lunar orbit, but also…

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OSIRIS-REx enters environmental testing ahead of launch next year


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly operations at its Lockheed Martin construction site in Denver, Colorado. OSIRIS-REx, slated to become the first asteroid sample return mission for the…

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NEEMO 20 to build knowledge base on delayed deep space communications


An international effort to work on the challenges associated with deep space communications is continuing on the ground, in space and underwater – with the upcoming NEEMO 20…

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Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space


In the face of political uncertainty and public apathy, NASA is beginning to push the case for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The points of the Agency’s latest overview…

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International effort to understand asteroids and protect Earth from their threat


Two robotic missions, aimed at gaining further understanding into the threat of asteroids, passed major milestones this week. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) are…

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NASA evaluting modified Shuttle ACES for Asteroid EVA


NASA experts are evaluating the use of a modified version of the famous Space Shuttle launch and entry suit – or Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES) – for…

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Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024


The proposed mission to send two astronauts to a captured asteroid near the Moon won’t occur until the middle of the next decade, according to an overview provided to NASA’s Aerospace Safety…

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NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions


Two new missions under the NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) program have been announced, returning an international crew to an underwater base off the coast of Florida….

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NASA builds asteroid capture mission definitions


NASA has begun to define the approach towards capturing a space rock that will be investigated during the Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2). The Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) will…

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SLS positioning for ARRM and Europa missions


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are conducting a feasibility study into the use of a 5.4 meter payload fairing, with a view to enabling the use of the…

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ASAP claim NASA is employing indecision to allow for roadmap flexibility


Concerns have again been raised about NASA’s shaky exploration roadmap, with the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) claiming the Agency has elected to go down the “indecision-is-the-key-to-flexibility” path. Although only…

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Gaia arrives at its destination – Lagrange points hold future possibilities


Europe’s galactic survey spacecraft, Gaia, recently arrived at its deep space location, ahead of conducting its primary mission of observing one billion stars. Gaia is now in a location…

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NASA managers evaluate yearlong deep space asteroid mission


On track for their respective debuts, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion feature front and center in one of NASA’s latest evaluations for a mission to a…

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Orion may require 30 hour orbital checkout prior to TLI


NASA teams are exploring the possibility of launching Orion into a High Elliptical Orbit (HEO), where the spacecraft will remain “parked” for 30 hours. The move – that…

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EM-1: NASA managers request ambitious changes to debut SLS/Orion mission


Just months after changing Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) into an asteroid rendezvous mission, NASA managers have issued a Change Request to alter the debut flight of the Space…

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NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority


The House Science space subcommittee’s 2013 Authorization Act intends to refocus NASA’s exploration path towards prioritizing the goal of landing humans on both the Moon and Mars, according…

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A return to the Moon would send NASA back to square one – Bolden


NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden has strongly ruled out missions to land on the Moon as part of NASA’s exploration roadmap, claiming any future political re-direction to return humans…

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Gerstenmaier expands on recently announced asteroid mission


In a recent presentation to the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Counsel (NAC), William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate,…