NASA, White House Provide an Update on the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Dr. Holdren (left), Administrator Bolden (center) and Dr. Michele Gates (right) discuss the ARM mission during a live NASA TV briefing. Behind them is a mockup of robotic capture module for the Asteroid Redirect Mission. Credit: NASA.

Officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and NASA held a live Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) discussion at the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

During the event on Wednesday, Sept. 14, OSTP's Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden and ARM Program Director Dr. Michele Gates, highlighted the mission's scientific and technological benefits, how the mission will support NASA's goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s, and how ARM will demonstrate technology relevant to defending Earth from potentially hazardous asteroids.

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