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Asteroid Retrieval Is Not The Prime Intent of NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Mission

By Keith Cowing
January 8, 2015
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Asteroid Retrieval Is Not The Prime Intent of NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Mission

Redirecting Asteroid Not Top Objective of Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA Official Says, Space News
“After a presentation in Phoenix to the NASA-chartered Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), Lindley Johnson, head of the agency’s Near Earth Object Observations Program, said redirecting an asteroid to a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon is “not the top objective of the [ARM] mission,” which was trotted out in spring 2013 as a means to road test technology needed for a crewed Mars expedition and provide — in the form of the titular asteroid — a near-term destination for the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule NASA is building.”
Bolden’s Confusing Asteroid Mission Rationale (Revised), earlier post
“And this is subtle. I have this discussion with my science friends all the time and those who are purist. The president said by 2025 we should send humans to an asteroid. What he meant was, you should send humans to somewhere between Mars and Saturn, because that’s where the dominant asteroids in the asteroid belt are. But no, he didn’t say that. He said: humans to an asteroid.”

NASA: Two SLS Launches Likely Needed For $3 billion+ ARM, earlier post
Asteroid Redirect Mission Critique
Congress, NAC, SBAG, Question Asteroid Mission, earlier post
Report of the Small Bodies Assessment Group Asteroid Redirect Mission Special Action Team, 30 July 2014 (Draft), earlier post
SBAG Asteroid Redirect Mission Special Action Team, July 2014 presentation, earlier post
Asteroid Experts Are Not Very Fond of NASA’s Asteroid Mission, earlier post

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