Friday, August 23, 2013
NASA released new conceptual photos and a video animation showing how an asteroid capture mission might look. The images show crew operations including the Orion spacecraft's trip to and rendezvous with the asteroid, as well as astronauts maneuvering through a spacewalk to collect samples from the asteroid. NASA's Space Launch System will carry astronauts into space aboard the Orion capsule for the nine-day trip to an asteroid that may have been positioned after a robot capture. (Sources: NASA, 08/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in the SLS program.