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ASTEX - a study of a mission to visit two near-Earth asteroids

Nathues, Andreas and Boehnhardt, Hermann and Harris, Alan (2008) ASTEX - a study of a mission to visit two near-Earth asteroids. In: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX (1391), p. 1250. Lunar and Planetary Institute. 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2008-03-10 - 2008-03-14, League City, Texas (USA). ISSN 1540-7845

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Official URL: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2008/pdf/1250.pdf


Introduction: ASTEX is a recently started DLR-funded feasibility study of an in-situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). The selected mission targets are intended to have different mineralogical compositions, more specifically one will be of a “primitive” nature, the other one will be a fragment of a differentiated asteroid. The main goals of the mission are to explore the physical, geological and mineralogical nature of the target asteroids, as well as to provide information and constraints on the formation and evolution history of the targets and of the asteroid belt as a whole. In addition, the mission may be used to develop new technologies, not only to achieve the scientific goals of this particular mission but also to study innovative technologies for future applications. Aims of the study: The primary aim of the study is to define the high-level goals of the ASTEX mission as well as to identify and to analyze mission scenarios which support these goals.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:ASTEX - a study of a mission to visit two near-Earth asteroids
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Nathues, AndreasMax-Planck-Institut fuer Sonnensystemforschung
Boehnhardt, HermannMax-Planck-Institut fuer Sonnensystemforschung
Date:March 2008
Journal or Publication Title:Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 1250
Publisher:Lunar and Planetary Institute
Series Name:LPI Contribution
Keywords:Asteroids, Near-Earth asteroids, Space missions
Event Title:39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Event Location:League City, Texas (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-03-10 - 2008-03-14
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Prof. Alan Harris
Deposited On:09 Jun 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:57

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