Deep Space Vehicle with Asteroid Lander port bow
In this speculative illustration, a manned Asteroid Lander is docked to a combination Deep Space Vehicle (DSV) and Extended Stay Module (ESM) on a mission to a deep space asteroid.
While even the largest asteroids have relatively low surface gravity (permitting even the DSV itself to save descend to one's surface), a dedicated manned lander may yet be useful for more extended explorations. The lander in this illustration has a capacity for three crew and includes a remotely controlled digging shovel and sensors.
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