Proposed NASA SmallSat Mission Could Be First To Visit Pallas, Our Third Largest Asteroid

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Clockwise from top left, the asteroids shown here are 29 Amphitrite, 324 Bamberga, 2 Pallas, and 89 JuliaCredit: ESO/Vernazza et al.

Dubbed Athena, this small satellite mission spacecraft would be about the size of a minifridge, but potentially have a payload of up to 400 lbs. It would share the same launcher as Psyche, NASA’s planned robotic mission to the asteroid 16 Psyche. However, after launch, both missions would go their separate ways and Athena would unfold its various bits and solar panels and begin its journey two-year journey to Pallas.

‘Because Pallas is unexplored, it is a more compelling destination now for a small mission like Athena that is designed to pluck low-hanging [scientific] fruit,’ Arizona State University planetary scientist Joseph O’Rourke, Athena’s principal investigator, told me.

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  • Date: 2019-03-10
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  • Date: 2019-03-04T04:00:00+00:00
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