NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission: A Conceptual Animation
- Wednesday, 28 August 2013
NASA has released this conceptual animation depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect, and study a near-Earth asteroid.
The Asteroid Redirect Mission will incorporate advanced solar electric propulsion technology as a power source for spacecraft, and leverages NASA's progress on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.
These images depict hypothetical crew operations including Orion's trip to and rendezvous with the relocated asteroid, and astronauts maneuvering through a spacewalk to collect samples from the asteroid.