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February 09, 2016
NASA tests solar sail deployment for asteroid-surveying CubeSat NEA Scout
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 09, 2016
Progress continues on the journey to Mars as NASA plans to send astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and ultimately to the surface of Mars. Before humans embark on the journey, the agency will survey an asteroid to learn about the risks and challenges asteroids may pose to future human explorers. One way NASA will do this is by performing a reconnaissance flyby of an asteroid with Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, or NEA Scout. NEA Scout - a CubeSat, or small satellite ... read more

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