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Spacecraft exploration of asteroids

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The past, current, and planned space missions for asteroid exploration are reviewed. The main results based on observations performed with satellites in near-Earth orbits (OAO-2, IUE, FIRSSE, IRAS, HST, Hipparcos, ISO, MSX) and space probes sent to particular objects (Galileo, NEAR, DS1, Stardust) are reported. Future space missions (MUSES-C, Rosetta, DOWN, etc.) and their main goals in asteroid study are considered. The feasibility of using spacecraft for minor-body exploration is discussed.

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Translated from Astronomicheskii Vestnik, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2005, pp. 81–90.

Original Russian Text Copyright © 2005 by Shevchenko, Mohamed.

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Shevchenko, V.G., Mohamed, R.A. Spacecraft exploration of asteroids. Sol Syst Res 39, 73–81 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11208-005-0020-7

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