Sample return mission to NEA: MUSES-C

A. Fujiwara, T. Mukai, J. Kawaguchi, K. T. Uesugi

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MUSES-C is a mission for near-earth-asteroid sample return. The spacecraft is launched in 2002 and returns to the earth in 2006 .The primary objective is to demonstrate the key technologies requisite for future advanced sample return mission. It collects samples of a few g from a near-earth asteroid. Sampling will be made by rendezvous with the asteroid, approaching the asteroid, then shooting a small projectile onto the asteroid surface and catching the ejecta. In this paper outline of the mission is shown with special stress on the science aspect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number99009412
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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