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NASA asteroid retrieval mission on the cards

Posted on Monday, 1 April, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments


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There are indications that NASA's next budget will include $100 million for a new asteroid mission.

According to press reports, a large chunk of the budget will go towards a mission that will see a spacecraft being sent out to capture an asteroid and bring it back so that it can become the target of a future manned mission. Such a concept was first proposed last year by the Keck Institute for Space Studies which outlined a plan to haul a 7m-wide asteroid to within high lunar orbit by the year 2025.

The asteroid retrieval mission is one of several ideas being considered by NASA as a stepping stone towards an eventual manned mission to Mars. "There are many options - and many routes - being discussed on our way to the Red Planet," said NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs. "NASA and the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are giving the study further review to determine its feasibility."

"NASA's budget request for the 2014 fiscal year may include plans for an ambitious mission to send a robotic probe into deep space, capture an asteroid and haul it back within the reach of astronaut explorers, according to a press report."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Boss-Hog on 1 April, 2013, 11:12
outstanding, this is what being human is all about, reaching out and going further and harder than before, this mission would be absolute mile stone in human history
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind on 1 April, 2013, 23:43
I couldn't said it better myself BossHog. But will congress let loose the money. If we don't do it someone else will I am sure.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Boss-Hog on 2 April, 2013, 11:57
i wonder if you could sponsor it our selves, like them do on thhat site where you can donate monies to get games etc back? but make it world wide so it would truely be international
Comment icon #4 Posted by Frank Merton on 2 April, 2013, 12:11
A hundred million dollars to move a big rock into some orbit where with a nudge it could be caused to hit any point on the earth. I wonder if any other nations will claim the right to do this too. Look, ma, big hole, no radiation.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DONTEATUS on 2 April, 2013, 18:17
There are indications that NASA's next budget will include $100 million for a new asteroid mission. I see what the guys in the back room are thinking ? what If there really are a few thousand,hundred,ect number of Earth Killer asteriods comming our way that we cant even see ? Thats the way that the odds makers see it @@ Duck and cover means just that. makes you wonder right ? Good read Saru .


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