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NASA Considers Tugging An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon

Rather than sending humans into deep space, why not bring the asteroids to us?
By Clay Dillow
Posted 01.02.2013 at 1:31 pm

NASA’s (and President Obama’s) vision for sending a manned space mission to a distant asteroid by the 2020s doesn’t seem to be gaining much steam, but a conceptual mission under development by the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California could bring an asteroid much closer to home in that timeframe. An estimated $2.6 billion could fund a mission that would send a robotic spacecraft out into interplanetary space and drag an asteroid into orbit around the moon where robots and even humans could explore it far more conveniently.

Read more: NASA Considers Tugging An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon | Popular Science.

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