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Asteroid Return Mission Study

Study Final Report (April 2, 2012)
NOTE: This study was sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies which is funded by a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a private foundation that supports pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research.


J. R. Brophy,
B. Muirhead
"Near-Earth Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) study", 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference. October 6-10, 2013. (pdf)
D. Landau,
J. Dankanich,
N. Strange,
J. Bellerose,
P. Llanos,
M. Tantardini
"Trajectories to nab a NEA (Near-Earth Asteroid)", NASA/Caltech-JPL and NASA/GRC.
February 4, 2013. (pdf)
A. Globus,
C. Cassell,
S. Covey,
J. Luebke,
M. Sonter,
B. Versteeg,
J. Wolf
"A Comparison of Astronaut Near-Earth Object
Missions", The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. September, 2012. (pdf)
J. R. Brophy,
S. Oleson
"Spacecraft Conceptual Design for Returning Entire Near-Earth Asteroids", 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and 10th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference.
July, 29- August 1, 2012. (pdf)
J. R. Brophy,
L. Friedman
"Returning an Entire Near-Earth Asteroid
in Support of Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth Orbit", IAF Global Exploration Conference.
May 22, 2012. (pdf)
J. R. Brophy,
L. Friedman,
F. Culick
"Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility", Aerospace Conference, 2012 IEEE.
3-10 March 2012. (pdf)



For questions contact: Fred Culcik, John Brophy, Louis Friedman or Michele Judd



Illustration of an Asteroid Return Mission developed in the 2011/2012 Asteroid Return Mission Study Program.

KISS Asteroid Illustration

Image credit: Rick Sternbach / Keck Institute for Space Studies.