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Jonathan Goff Says Let’s Redirect an Asteroid

Asteroid 433 Eros

Air Date: 02/24/2015
Run Time: 28:50

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Topics: Planetary Society Projects, Future Mission Concepts, asteroids, Planetary Radio, LightSail, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Bill Nye

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ARM is the Asteroid Redirect Mission, and sometimes it seems that it doesn’t have a friend in the world. But it does, and Jonathan Goff of Altius Space Machines is one. Emily Lakdawalla reports on the Curiosity rover’s latest drill down into Mars. Bill Nye the Science Guy says LightSail is just one of the many cubesats planned for space missions. Bruce Betts helps Mat Kaplan with his pronunciation on this week’s edition of What’s Up.

Asteroid Redirect Mission concept art

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Asteroid Redirect Mission concept art
This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system. Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface.

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