Spacecraft ARM asteroid redirect mission

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ARM spacecraft grabbing a boulder from an asteroid (concept)

Historian: I think it is best to include NASA's description of NASA's 14 September 2016 discussion of this mission to get all the names and titles correct.


White House, NASA Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission
Officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and NASA held a live Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) discussion at the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. During the event on Wednesday, Sept. 14, OSTP’s Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA’s Administrator Charles Bolden and ARM Program Director Dr. Michele Gates, highlighted the mission’s scientific and technological benefits, how the mission will support NASA’s goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s, and how ARM will demonstrate technology relevant to defending Earth from potentially hazardous asteroids.

Physicist: This is a very interesting mission with several key parts. First here is a quick NASA sketch of the mission.


NASA is developing a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and use it in an enhanced gravity tractor asteroid deflection demonstration.

The spacecraft will then redirect the multi-ton boulder into a stable orbit around the moon, where astronauts will explore it and return with samples in the mid-2020s.


Historian: There is much to learn from the 14 Sept ARM discussion which well connects ARM with many of our long-term goals.

Physicist: There is also much to learn from the ARM home page which we will check often to follow ARM progress as the two concept videos turn into realities.

14 Sept ARM discussion [link]

NASA ARM home page [link]

Robotic part of ARM — concept video [link]

Crewed part of ARM — concept video [link]