NEOs Ho!! The Asteroid Option


Wednesday, May 27 2009 - 6:27 pm, PDT
Robert Landis
NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division

In late 2006, NASA's Constellation Program (CxP) sponsored a study to examine the feasibility of sending a piloted Orion spacecraft to a near-Earth Object (NEO). One of the significant advantages of this type of mission is that it strengthens and validates the foundational infrastructure of the United States Space Exploration Policy and his highly complementary to NASA's planned lunar sortie and outpost missions circa 2020.  Rob Landis will discuss how human expedition to a NEO would not only underline the broad utility of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and Ares launch systems, but would also be the first human expedition to an interplanetary body beyond the Earth-Moon system.  

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