Human Expeditions to Near-Earth Asteroids : An Update on NASA's Status and Proposed Activities for Small Body Exploration
- Mazanek, Dan
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- 1 electronic document
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- Johnson, Lindley, Drake, Bret, Landis, Rob, Reeves, David, Barbee, Brent, Abell, Paul, Friedensen, Victoria, and Yeomans, Don
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- 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. The scientific and hazard mitigation benefits, along with the programmatic and operational benefits of a human venture beyond the Earth-Moon system, make a mission to a NEA using NASA s proposed exploration systems a compelling endeavor.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20130009939., JSC-CN-27657., and 29th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science; 2-9 Jun. 2013; Nagoya-Achi; Japan.
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