Human mission to an asteroid

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433 Eros is a near-Earth asteroid.

A human mission to an asteroid is one of the long-term goals of astronautics. The near-Earth asteroids are the target of such a mission, due to their proximity to the Earth.

President Barack Obama announced on 15 April 2010 that the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission would be followed by a crewed mission in 2025.[1] This statement was announced after his proposal of cancellation of the Constellation program in February 2010, whose main objective was the return humans to the Moon. Obama added that these deep space missions could serve as a technology development and testing for a human mission to Mars in the mid-2030s.

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  1. ^ Barack Obama (April 15, 2010). "President Barack Obama on Space Exploration in the 21st Century". Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 11 February 2017.

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