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  • NASA delays contract awards for asteroid mission spacecraft

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 17th, 2017

    NASA is delaying contracts and other awards for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), originally planned for early this year, by a few months because of uncertainty about the space agency's budget.

  • NASA provides update on Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Curt GodwinSeptember 19th, 2016

    NASA discussed the status of the space agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission recently. Interesting facts came out during a panel discussion held which included NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and others.

  • NASA completes important milestone with Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Larry KlaesAugust 20th, 2016

    One of the keys to the successful permanent colonization of the Solar System are those celestial objects called variously asteroids, planetoids, minor planets, meteoroids, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and even “vermin” by astronomers in the past frustrated by their unwanted light streaks appearing in their astronomical photographs.

  • Will NASA’s ARM mission to an asteroid be cancelled?

    Bart LeahyJune 1st, 2016

    While NASA’s public outreach efforts have focused primarily on going to Mars, the agency’s interim missions – robotic and crewed visits to an asteroid under the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) – are facing opposition in Congress. What does this mean for ARM and will it be cancelled?

  • NASA reaches out to private companies for ARM ideas

    Collin SkocikOctober 26th, 2015

    NASA is reaching out to American industry for innovative ideas to support its Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), the portion of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) in which a robotic spacecraft will rendezvous with an asteroid and retrieve a boulder to be brought to lunar orbit for later study.

  • OPINION: Asteroid Redirect Mission–Option “B” as in Boondoggle

    Collin SkocikApril 5th, 2015

    With NASA’s selection of “Option B” for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a robotic probe will retrieve a boulder from an asteroid instead of towing an entire asteroid to lunar orbit. What started out as an already uninspiring, wasteful mission has become even more uninspiring and wasteful. The ARM has been compared to digging a […]

  • NASA selects ‘Option B’ for Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Collin SkocikMarch 28th, 2015

    NASA has announced that it has selected “Option B” for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (more commonly referred to as ARM), meaning that rather than towing an entire asteroid into lunar orbit, it will instead retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and bring it into a distant retrograde lunar orbit. Using Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), an […]

  • NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission gains steam – if not an overarching program

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2014

    In April of 2010, President Barack Obama announced that NASA would take a new direction, part of that new path would include a crewed mission to an asteroid. This past week, NASA announced that it has made progress toward what that mission would actually look like. NASA’s Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot spoke with members of the […]

  • House Appropriations Committee raises NASA budget

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2014

    On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee voted to give NASA $19.9 billion for FY 2015. This was about $439 million more than the White House had asked for. The Committee criticized President Obama for consistently asking for less money than what was needed to meet the space agency’s goals. A refrain which has been […]

  • NASA discusses Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Collin SkocikMarch 23rd, 2014

    NASA officials held a teleconference on Friday, March 21, to discuss the Asteroid Redirect plan, part of the Asteroid Initiative which President Obama ordered in 2010 as a replacement for the cancelled Constellation Program which would have returned American astronauts to the Moon. The plan unveiled by the Obama White House has not met with […]

  • Responding to potential asteroid redirect mission targets

    NASAMarch 7th, 2014

    One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and releasing more energy than a large atomic bomb. Tracking near-Earth asteroids has been a significant endeavor for NASA and the broader astronomical community, […]

  • NEOWISE spots its first comet

    Jim SharkeyMarch 6th, 2014

    NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet. The comet, named C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE), is the first one discovered by the spacecraft since it was revived from hibernation late last year.

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • NASA to hold asteroid initiative opportunities forum

    Press ReleaseFebruary 25th, 2014

    As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.