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HAMMER Spacecraft

HAMMER stands for Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response. It is a nuclear spacecraft made by a joint venture between NASA, the US National Security Administration and a weapons lab from the US Energy Department. The spacecraft aims to blow any harmful looking asteroids out of the sky before they have a chance to ..

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Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

NASA is developing Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first-ever mission that will deflect a near-Earth asteroid. The DART will be built and managed by the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). It is a proposed space probe that would demonstrate the kinetic effects of crashing an impactor spacecraft into an asteroid moon. The mission is intended ..

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OSIRIS-Rex

OSIRIS-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer.  It is an unmanned spacecraft and NASA’s first mission. The mission was launched in 2016 to collect samples from asteroid 101955Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid near to earth  and return a sample to Earth on 24 September 2023 for detailed analysis. The material returned is expected ..

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