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Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) Mission to Asteroids

Goals: The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) NASA is a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it into a stable orbit around the moon. Once it's there, astronauts will explore it and return with samples in the 2020s. This Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is part of NASA's plan to advance the new technologies and spaceflight experience needed for a human mission to the Martian system in the 2030s.

Accomplishments: This mission is in development.


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Status: In Development
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ARM Facts Space visionary Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (right) first proposed the concept more than a century ago in "The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Motors."

The technology necessary to make the mission possible is just now becoming available. Identifying smaller asteroids is now possible and there are engines powerful enough to move it through space.
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