Managers assigned to the development of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, a precursor to the agency’s future human Mars exploration plans, believe they are making strides that could place two astronauts launched aboard a Space Launch System/Orion rocket and crew capsule combination in touch with a 20-ton boulder robotically plucked from an asteroid and maneuvered into lunar orbit by the end of 2025. On Oct. 20, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory circulated a request ...

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