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NASA seeking asteroid for manned mission

Posted on Monday, 3 September, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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A new detector instrument is being planned to locate and track possible destinations for astronauts.

NASA's manned space program includes a plan to send humans on a manned mission to an asteroid at some point in the 2020s. To help determine which asteroid would be a suitable target the space agency is planning to piggy-back a detection system on a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. The system would keep a look out for asteroids that are near enough to the Earth to reach.

"The instrument would point outward from Earth and must be capable of detecting near-Earth asteroids in very Earth-like orbits, and capable of detecting asteroids of as little as 30 meters in diameter," NASA officials have said.

"The space agency has released a request for information seeking ideas for a sensor to discover a hypothesized set of asteroids very near Earth, opening the possibility for exploration by future astronaut crews."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb on 3 September, 2012, 23:41
Roll on the 2020's. Looks like space will be the place to be. Reality TV on Mars and people mining asteroids in space. I can't see it myself, maybe I don't have 2020 vision...
Comment icon #2 Posted by DONTEATUS on 4 September, 2012, 2:14
Even if its off by a few decades Im All in for our exploration of the Stars ! We Will be there If we can over come ourselfs !
Comment icon #3 Posted by skookum on 4 September, 2012, 18:27
I really feel confident NASA are committed to achieving this on time and will get the support they need. This recession will not last forever and hopefully as wars like Afghanistan come to an end future budgets can allow for missions like this to become a reality. The most exciting thing and possibly the most important at the moment is privatized space exploration, something I think is being overshadowed by the Chinese claims and efforts.
Comment icon #4 Posted by goodgodno on 4 September, 2012, 20:57
I agree ^^ - the privatisation and potential profitability of space will be the modern day driving force equivalent to the cold war in the 60's.

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