SMALL AS­TER­OID HUNTER POW­ERED BY SUN­LIGHT

Science Illustrated - - ASTEROIDS -

2018 In 2018, when NASA launches its new large Space Launch Sys­tem rocket, the small NEA Scout (Near-Earth As­ter­oid Scout) satel­lite is in­cluded. The 14 kg satel­lite has a 86 m2 so­lar sail, which will take it close to as­ter­oids by means of the weak pres­sure of sun­light. In this way, the satel­lite can pho­to­graph them and record their paths.

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