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NASA mulls plan to drag asteroid to moon

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#16    marcos anthony toledo

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

I f they can cut down the time to retrevie the astreoid I all for it but ten years is to long for such a mission.


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

So let me get this straight, 10 years, 2.6 billion dollars to bring a rock to the moon that is only  22' 11 5/8" in diameter. I don't get it. What am I missing?

Whats the point? Once the pebble is there, then what? What will they do with it? Anyone?


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I thought gravity was required for orbit? Or is it a matter of the larger a body, the more orbit there is?


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

Why don't we just bag isos?


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

I wonder what the point of putting the rock in the moons orbit would be?  Why do we need or want that to happen?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

Hmm man sees big rock in space man captures big rock man puts big rock in orbit big rock plummets to earth major city wiped out thousands dead hmm interesting.   :unsure2:


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Seems like an idea just being tossed around now, but I think it has some potential.

I would imagine the point of getting an asteroid into orbit around the Moon would be to "contain" it. Then some undecided procedure carries out after. Maybe they'll send it to Earth's orbit to an orbiting mining station? Maybe they'll try and pull an Apollo/MSL style landing on the planet? That isn't the hard part, the hard part comes with harnessing and retrieving one of these bad boys haha.


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Sorry for double post, but what about if decades from now a reality show similar to Deadliest Catch or Gold Rush or something where they safely harness asteroids and bring them to mining station hahaha either they have a good season or not.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

The right rock would be useful. Sound like a good idea to me.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

Well at some point I think we would need to begin to build our ships in space. So mining an astroid may prove to be very benifical.  Imagine being millions of miles away from earth, and having your starter go out on you.  With the growning advances in 3D printing, I think its not such a far fetched notion to one day be able to fly to, capture, mine, smelt, and then build from astroids or satillites.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:51 AM

View PostMerc14, on 03 January 2013 - 01:37 PM, said:

Rare "earth" metals may be more valuable to humanity than gold at the moment considering so much of modern technology relies on it.  Having a massive source of some very hard to obtain rare metal may open up a whole new industry or make some energy producing idea viable.

I thought rare earth materials were created by a intense pressures and temps created by a asteroid impact, reason why most rare earth materials are mined near asteroid impact sights here on earth.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:57 AM

View PostUncle Sam, on 06 January 2013 - 04:51 AM, said:

I thought rare earth materials were created by a intense pressures and temps created by a asteroid impact, reason why most rare earth materials are mined near asteroid impact sights here on earth.
I have no idea how they are created so you may be correct but I am sure there are a lot of exotic materials floating around the cosmos and I can fore see the day that mining the asteroid belt is big business.  We may not see ot but I am pretty sure it will happen.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:10 AM

View PostUncle Sam, on 06 January 2013 - 04:51 AM, said:

I thought rare earth materials were created by a intense pressures and temps created by a asteroid impact, reason why most rare earth materials are mined near asteroid impact sights here on earth.
Asteroids still impact each other. Sure you may not get the same temperatures like when they hit the atmosphere, but they're still traveling at extraordinary speeds.

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