CLSE Principal Investigator Dr. David A. Kring, his students, and colleagues have been studying
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) for over two decades, extracting stories from them about the formation
of our solar system and the collisional impacts of asteroids and comets with planets like the Earth, Moon
, and Mars. They have also studied the environmental consequences of NEO impacts on Earth, including
those produced with the famous Meteor Crater in Arizona a few thousand years ago and the immense
Chicxulub Crater in Mexico that they linked to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The team
has often wondered what it will be like to study an NEO before it hits Earth. In that type of mission,
astronauts will float above the low-gravity asteroid and then reach out to touch its surface, leaving a
handprint. That handprint is likely to be as iconic as the footprints astronauts left on the lunar surface.
An artist’s rendering of that event is captured here with a spacecraft image of Eros, which is the first near-
Earth asteroid discovered.
Credit: Pat Rawlings (handprint in Eros regolith) for the CLSE and NASA NEAR mission mosaic PIA02923
-Здесь сообщается , что доктор астробиологии Dr. David A. Kring, со своими студентами ,
при исследовании снимков астероида Ерос нашел отпечаток руки астронавта на поверхности
малой планеты. Этот снимок служит доказательством секретных пилотируемых миссий
НАСА к др. телам СС , кроме Луны.