NASA Plans to Catch an Asteroid and Drag it Back Close to the Moon

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Post by Lurker on Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:14 pm

The asteroid retrieval mission is based on a scenario set out last year by a study group at the Keck Institute for Space Studies. NASA's revised scenario would launch a robotic probe toward a 500-ton, 7- to 10-meter-wide (25- to 33-foot-wide) asteroid in 2017 or so. The probe would capture the space rock in a bag in 2019, and then pull it to a stable orbit in the vicinity of the moon, using a next-generation solar electric propulsion system. That would reduce the travel time for asteroid-bound astronauts from a matter of months to just a few days.

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/06/17630481-administration-confirms-nasa-plan-grab-an-asteroid-then-focus-on-mars?lite
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Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:35 pm

Holy crap, that is awesome. Probably the first step toward eventually mining asteroids for resources to be used on Earth.

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