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Space exploration - A Deep Space Vehicle with docked to an Asteroid Lander; Command Module; Orion; Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle; future space exploration; rocket; spacecraft; spaceship; MPCV; Near Earth Objects; NEOs; near-Earth asteroids; planetesimals; planetoids - Space Art Illustration
 

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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