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Citizen Science Project: TargetAsteroids!

NASA has announced new citizen science project called Target Asteroids! where it will recruit amateur astronomers to monitor asteroids to support the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission (which amongst other things will return wit a sample of asteroid).You can read the press release here, and go direct to the Target Asteroids! site here.
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission goes to development

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag (2 years ago)

NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission took a step closer to reality on Wednesday, as the OSIRIS-REx project was cleared for development and testing. Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission passed a series of detailed project ... Read Post

NASA delays 'capture the asteroid' plan until next year

Technology / Gadgets : Engadget (yesterday)

Now that the ESA has landed on a comet, NASA wants to do them one better: capture an entire asteroid (or a piece of one) and put it in orbit around the moon in 2019. That's the Asteroid Redirect Mission in a nutshell, and the space ... Read Post

NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015

Academics / Astronomy : Planetary Society Weblog (yesterday)

NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept. Read Post


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