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Dolores Hill Honored As White House Champion Of Change
2013-06-27 10:22:09

University of Arizona University of Arizona researcher Dolores Hill, co-lead of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! program, has been recognized as one of 12 White House Champions of Change recipients. Hill and her 11 counterparts were selected from a pool of about 1,000 nominations. The group was honored at a ceremony at the White House, which was attended by representatives of the Obama Administration and other honorees' families, friends and colleagues. "It is such an honor to be...

JAXA Set To Launch Hayabusa 2 In 2014
2013-04-01 20:59:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) next asteroid exploring spacecraft, Hayabusa 2, will be launching in 2014 on a mission to bring back sand from an asteroid. Hayabusa 2 will travel through space for four years before arriving at asteroid 1999 JU3, and will not be returning to Earth until 2020. Once the spacecraft reaches its target, it will fire off fingertip-sized bullets into the surface of the asteroid at about...

OSIRIS-Rex To Study Asteroid Yarkovsky Effect
2013-02-08 18:46:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA will be launching a new mission in 2016 to help estimate what kind of impact an asteroid would make if it struck Earth. The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, and Regolith Explorer) mission will travel to a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA), and make measurements of the Yarkovsky effect. This effect is a push on an asteroid that happens when it is warmed up by the sun and...

Lunar Lander Will Search For Moon Ice And Water
2012-10-22 06:00:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online European researchers are in the process of building an unmanned probe that would travel to the moon, where it would search for subsurface ice on the lunar surface, within the next six years. The $800 million (£500 million) project, which is detailed in an October 21 article by Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, is currently being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is on pace to take place sometime in...

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2012-08-30 17:32:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following the success of its Hayabusa mission, the Japanese space agency JAXA is shooting for another asteroid in 2018. Dennis Normille wrote in a report in Physics World that JAXA is planning to land another spacecraft on an asteroid in 2018 to search for clues as to how life on Earth began. Hayabusa 2 will be the sequel to its previous mission, which was the first to collect material from an asteroid and return it back to...

Image 1 - NASA Developing Comet Harpoon For Sample Return
2011-12-14 10:29:44

[ Watch the Video ] The best way to grab a sample of a rotating comet that is racing through the inner solar system at up to 150,000 miles per hour while spewing chunks of ice, rock and dust may be to avoid the risky business of landing on it. Instead, researchers want to send a spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, then fire a harpoon to rapidly acquire samples from specific locations with surgical precision while hovering above the target. Using this "standoff" technique would allow...

2011-07-19 15:28:00

PHOENIX, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of KinetX's technical staff are advancing the state-of-the-art of mission design and navigation for deep space missions by participating in the upcoming Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (July 31-August 4, 2011) in Girdwood, Alaska, which is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Mechanics Committee and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Astrodynamics Technical...

2011-06-21 14:06:00

TEMPE, Ariz., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced in May, 2011, that the Comet Hopper mission, CHopper, is one of three finalists selected for further study in a competitive process that will select the next Discovery-class mission. The CHopper proposal plans to land a robotic spacecraft multiple times on the surface of comet 46P/Wirtanen and perform observations as it interacts with the Sun. KinetX, Inc. has partnered with University of Maryland Astronomer Jessica Sunshine, the...

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2011-05-26 06:00:00

NASA announced on Wednesday that it would launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to obtain samples to bring back to Earth. The mission, known as Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth. "This is a critical step in meeting the objectives outlined by President Obama to extend our reach beyond low-Earth orbit and explore into deep...


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