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Humans to land on more asteroids in this century: Research

Humans to land on more asteroids in this century: Research

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NASA is more likely to further explore space sending more human crew missions, according to a research that studied the American space agency's spending on space projects over the years.

The research paper titled "Impact of Economic Constraints on the Projected Timeframe for Human-Crewed Deep Space Exploration," published on ArXiv, has analysed changes in NASA' budget over the years.

The budget for NASA's space project changed since its start in 1958 with spikes corresponding to key events it has undertaken.

The spike in spending can be linked to key events from the Apollo program in 1966 to the Artemis project in 2018, which aims to send human again to the Moon.

Based on their analysis, researchers predict one nation or a group of 'spacefaring' nations together sending a mission to the asteroid belt beyond Mars between 2017 and 2087, according to The Indian Express.

Another mission, according to the researchers, will head to the Jovian System including Jupiter and its rings and moons between 2087 and 2101.

Alongside, a mission to the Saturn could take place between 2129 and 2153.

They predicted these missions not only based on NASA's budget but considering the evolution of technology available to space exploration over the years.

Deep Space exploration entails greater computing power, design, manufacturing, launch vehicles, guidance systems and life support systems.

The researchers analysed peer-reviewed technology articles in an attempt to quantify the evolution in deep space technologies, according to the report.

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