Group Seeks More Missions to Near Earth Objects

Asteroid Eros
Asteroid Eros

BERLIN, Germany, 14 November 2016 (Press Release) – During a press event today at the Museum für Naturkunde (MfN) (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin, a major campaign was launched to support scientific missions designed to increase our knowledge of asteroids and near Earth objects (NEOs), in particular ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission.

The campaign, “I Support AIM (www.isupportaim. com) was initiated by the co-founders of Asteroid Day, the global movement to protect the world from dangerous Asteroids, and the Observatoire de la Côte D’Azur, one of the most important research institutions worldwide in the areas of biological and geological evolution and biodiversity.

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ESA Studies Asteroid Microlander

ESA Asteroid Impact Mission micro-lander. (Credit: ESA - ScienceOffice.org)
ESA Asteroid Impact Mission micro-lander. (Credit: ESA – ScienceOffice.org)

PARIS (ESA PR) — This is the micro-lander that ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission would put down on its target asteroid.

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QinetiQ Studies How to Save World From Killer Asteroids

Asteroid Impact Mission spacecraft. (Credit: ESA/The Science Office Ltd.)
Asteroid Impact Mission spacecraft. (Credit: ESA/The Science Office Ltd.)

FARNBOROUGH, England — QinetiQ is examining what it would take to save the world from an asteroid impact, under an €840,000 [$937,398) contract awarded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

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ESA Launches Competition for Deep Space CubeSats

ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission spacecraft will be humanity’s first mission to a binary system – the paired Didymos asteroids, which come a comparatively close 11 million km to Earth in 2022. (Credit: APL)
ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission spacecraft will be humanity’s first mission to a binary system – the paired Didymos asteroids, which come a comparatively close 11 million km to Earth in 2022. (Credit: APL)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Think of it as the ultimate hitchhiking opportunity: ESA is offering CubeSats a ride to a pair of asteroids in deep space.

CubeSats are among the smallest types of satellites: formed in standard cubic units of 10 cm per side, they provide affordable access to space for small companies, research institutes and universities. One-, two- or three-unit CubeSats are already being flown.

Teams of researchers and companies from any ESA Member State are free to compete. The selected CubeSats will become Europe’s first to travel beyond Earth orbit once the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) is launched in October 2020.

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