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Students plan for asteroid sampling by crashing rockets into the desert


Students at the University of Washington have been crashing rockets directly into a dry lakebed in the Nevada desert to help better understand extreme environments.

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology


The terms "auger in" and "lawndart" refer to rather exciting and decidedly dangerous methods of recovering a rocket, during which the screaming rocket buries its pointy end deep in the ground. Such over-enthusiastic landings provided a group of research students from the University of Washington (UWash) the inspiration for a new approach to collecting samples from hostile environments, such as the crater of an erupting volcano or a melting nuclear reactor.

How To Sample Anything, Anywhere? Smash A Rocket Into It


This week at Stanford, NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium is featuring some of the more out-there new innovations that could have implications for everything from space exploration to disaster response here on Earth.