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The Rise of the Belters: Asteroid Research and Exploration in the First Half of the 21st Century

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“The Rise of the Belters: Asteroid Research and Exploration in the First Half of the 21st Century” by Andrew Godefroy
Published in Quest Volume: 31 #1 (2024)

Abstract

Prior to the landing of NEAR Shoemaker on the asteroid Eros on 12 February 2001, some may have argued that such things were hardly plausible let alone possible. Yet once this hurdle was traversed, the door opened and has led to several asteroid flyby and rendezvous missions in the 2020s and plans to not just visit but land on them, pick up pieces, and bring them home. While more complicated missions related to asteroid exploration and exploration in the future are plausible, they may not happen by 2050; but it could be argued that the first very small steps toward that future have effectively been taken.


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Godefroy, Andrew B. “The Rise of the Belters: Asteroid Research and Exploration in the First Half of the 21st Century.” Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 31, no. 1 (2024): 16-20.

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  • Archive ID # G301330
  • Format: Document (PDF)
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  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Publisher: Quest
  • Copyright Status: Copyrighted
  • Copyright Holder: SPACE 3.0
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 5
  • Type: History
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  • Collection: Quest
  • Availability: Digital Download

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