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Asteroid Rustling!

8 Apr 2013, 00:16 UTC
Asteroid Rustling!
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Oh yeah!!! We’re gonna grab us an asteroid! The big space news this week has to be the announcement of plans to lasso an asteroid and park it in orbit around the Moon, and then go and explore it. The “snatch and grab” is being planned for 2019, with exploration using NASA’s Orion spacecraft in [...]

Oh yeah!!! We’re gonna grab us an asteroid!
The big space news this week has to be the announcement of plans to lasso an asteroid and park it in orbit around the Moon, and then go and explore it. The “snatch and grab” is being planned for 2019, with exploration using NASA’s Orion spacecraft in 2021. The actual hunting down of the ‘roid and dragging it into place will be done by robot ships, with the humans doing the exploration once it is in lunar orbit.

No real info about the kind of asteroid, other than it’s approximate size… they’re looking for a 25-foot size rock weighing 500 tons. I’d like to think it will be made of diamonds and sapphires, but the existing jewellery trade here on Earth may have something to say about it if that’s the case.
Fanciful? I don’t know, ...

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