Nathues, A. and Boehnhardt, H. and Harris, A.W. and Jentsch, C. and Schaeff, S. and Weischede, F. and Wiegand, A. and Schmitz, N. and Goetz, W. and Kachri, Z. (2010) ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids. Advances in Space Research, 45, pp. 169-182. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.10.008.
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ASTEX (ASTeroid EXplorer) is a concept study of an in situ exploration mission to two Near-Earth-Asteroids (NEAs), which consists of an orbiting element and two individual lander units. The target candidates have different mineralogical compositions, i.e. one asteroid is chosen to be of “primitive’’ nature, the other to be a fragment of a differentiated asteroid. The main scientific goals of the ASTEX mission are the exploration of the physical, geological, and mineralogical nature of the NEAs. The higher level goal is the provision of information and constraints on the formation and evolution of our planetary system. The study identified realistic mission scenarios, defined the strawman payload as well as the requirements and options for the spacecraft bus including the propulsion system, the landers, the launcher, and assessed and defined the requirements for the mission’s operational ground segment.
|Title:||ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Space Research|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 169-182|
|Keywords:||NEO, NEA, Exploration, Interplanetary mission, Mission study|
|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)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets|
|Deposited By:||Prof. Alan Harris|
|Deposited On:||13 Apr 2010 10:30|
|Last Modified:||26 Mar 2013 13:16|
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