In this artist's concept, the Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) approaches an asteroid.
The Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) approaches an asteroid, arm extended to take a sample.
In this artist's concept, an astronaut has egressed from the Space Exploration Vehicle to perform Extravehicular Activities (EVA) near an asteroid.
NASA's new Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV), in development, has a flexible architecture, allowing it to be used as a rover or as a space vehicle.
In this artist's concept, an astronaut performs a tethering maneuver at an asteroid. The Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) is close by, with the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) docked to a habitat in the background.
Twin Space Exploration Vehicles approach an asteroid with the Multi-Person Crew Vehicle docked to a habitat in the background.
This artist's concept shows a closeup of the Space Exploration Vehicle undocking from the habitat.
In this artist's concept, the Space Exploration Vehicle undocks from the habitat. An asteroid is in the background.
Artist's rendering of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on a deep space mission. The MPCV is based on designs for the previously planned Orion capsule.
This NASA concept image shows the International Space Station's Tranquility module (Node 3) at the center of two exploration spacecraft that could be sent to visit a nearby asteroid.
During the 2008 Desert RATS tests at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona, engineers, geologists and astronauts came together to test the surface version of the Space Exploration Vehicle.
A manned asteroid mission using two Orion spacecraft, docked nose-to-nose to form a 50-ton deep space vehicle, is being studied by Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
This artist's illustration depicts a 'Plymouth Rock' asteroid mission with astronauts and NASA's Orion spacecraft as envisioned by Lockheed Martin.
NASA is studying the possibility of using a facility like the one shown to store rocket propellant in space to refuel spacecraft.
An artist's interpretation of a manned mission to a near Earth asteroid using NASA's new Orion spacecraft.
See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.
Approaching the Near-Earth Object (NEO), an astronaut crew prepares airbag plus sensor docking and securing system prior to close approach or surface docking.