NASA Solar Sail Spacecraft to Chase Tiny Asteroid After Artemis I Launch

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NASA's shoebox-size Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will chase down what will become the smallest asteroid ever to be visited by a spacecraft. Asteroids smaller than 330 feet (100 meters) across have never been explored up close before. The spacecraft will use its camera to get a closer look, measuring the object's size, shape, rotation, and surface properties.
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This Tiny Sail Spacecraft Will Chase An Asteroid

NASA will use a miniaturized spacecraft pulled by a sail to chase a bus-sized asteroid. This mission combines two new NASA passions, space sails and asteroids. Space sails are particularly interesting for NASA because they can propel a spacecraft without fuel. They work as standard sails but use solar wind.NASA keeps an eye out for asteroids that pose a danger to Earth through its Planetary Defense arm. The DART mission will crash into an astero…

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NASA Solar Sail Spacecraft to Chase Tiny Asteroid After Artemis I Launch

NEA Scout will visit an asteroid estimated to be smaller than a school bus – the smallest asteroid ever to be studied by a spacecraft. Launching with the Artemis I uncrewed test flight, NASA’s shoebox-size Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will chase down what will become the smallest asteroid ever to be

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