OSIRIS-Rex Transitions From Assembly to Environmental Testing for 2016 Launch to Return Asteroid Samples

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

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New Images and Animation Released of Future Asteroid Mission

NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is a potential flagship mission, which could begin as early as 2015, to capture and investigate a near-Earth asteroid (NEA) and explore it with both unmanned and crewed spacecraft. On Thursday, Aug. 22, the agency released concept artwork […]

NASA Finishes First Internal Review of Asteroid Redirect Concepts

One possible scenario for a future asteroid retrieval mission is pictured here. NASA completed an internal review of asteroid redirect mission concepts this week. Photo Credit: NASA.

NASA announced it has completed the first step toward a future mission in which a near-Earth asteroid may be captured and brought into a stable lunar […]

How to Target an Asteroid

This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact’s impactor spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

Like many of his colleagues at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days. And also like many of his colleagues, the deep space […]

The Long and Storied Path to Human Asteroid Exploration

This June 1978 artist’s concept shows a space solar power system surrounded by an active asteroid retrieval mission. A NASA-sponsored study on space manufacturing held at Ames Research Center provided much of the technical basis for the painting.Image Credit: NASA/Denise Watt

Within NASA’s new FY2014 budget proposal lies a project known as the […]

Study Finds Long Stays in Space can Accelerate Alzheimer's

A recent study has found that long-duration missions, such as a proposed mission to Mars illustrated here, could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Image Credit: NASA

A NASA-funded study appearing in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that astronauts on long-duration missions, such as a mission to Mars, could have more to fear […]