Monday, January 7, 2013

Capturing An Asteroid

NASA is looking at a plan that would send an unmanned probe to a small asteroid, capture it, and guide it into orbit around the Moon.  It would then be used as a target for practicing techniques necessary for deep space manned missions, as well as for the deailed study of an asteroid, including how its natural resources might be extracted.

The idea is still in the very earliest stages of development, and all asteroids are not the same, but the concept certainly has potential.

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