Asteroid Mission: In Progress! (Part II)

For three days (Jan 18-20) guests on the NEW Discount Tire NASA Tram Tour will once again witness history in the making!  The Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) is undergoing a three day “shakedown” as astronaut Alvin Drew and Geologist Jose M. Hurtado camp out inside.

Close encounter: How Nasa envisages astronauts on a Space Exploration Vehicle might stop next to an asteroid and then use jet packs to move around the surface

On Friday, Jan. 20th, the public will be able to participate in a “Twitterview” by asking the crew questions about their three day mission!  The event will start at 4:15pm (CST).  Questions should be directed to @Desert_RATS with a #SVE hashtag.

Don’t miss your chance to see the mission live in person!  The virtual asteroid mission can be seen by the public on our NEW NASA Tour!  Details.


Astronaut Al Drew and geologist Jose M. Hurtado of the University of Texas in El Paso will spend three days and two nights living inside the Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV’s, cabin.

The public is invited to ask the crew questions via Twitter @Desert_RATS for a Twitterview the crew will participate in at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Questions should be marked #SEV. RATS stands for Research and Technology Studies.

The SEV will be placed on an air-bearing floor to allow it to virtually float, much the way a hockey puck floats on an air hockey table. This will allow the crew to see how the SEV would handle in a microgravity environment and evaluate the view from the vehicle’s windows.

For more information about the future of crewed spaceflight, check out the NEW Discount Tire NASA Tram Tour!  Peek into advanced NASA labs and see the spaceships of tomorrow!