NASA wants to put an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

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Posted January 4, 2013 by Johnny2x in Entertainment

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Why?

“BECAUSE WE CAN!” screamed one NASA rep when asked.

Maybe no one said that but if I was that smart I would be doing shit like that all the time “just because I could”

Gizmag.com has the real scope which is actually pretty interesting. I just wonder if that can be sure it wouldn’t fall out of orbit and fall right into the ocean sending a wave to cover the entire US.

NASA considers putting an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

Developed in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and others, the study takes on a problem with the new NASA initiative to send manned missions to the area around the Earth known as cislunar space that extends out to just beyond the Moon’s orbit. It’s a great technological challenge, but there isn’t anything actually there for the astronauts to visit. The Keck study’s solution is to find a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back for study.

The idea of exploiting asteroids has been around for a very long time. In 1903, Russian space pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky wrote about it in his book The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Motors. Since then, it’s been a staple of science fiction stories and in 1969 Hammer Films made a feature about moving asteroids called Moon Zero Two. Now, according to the Keck study, the technology exists to make asteroid towing feasible.

 

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Source: Keck Institute for Space Studies (PDF) via New Scientist

 

 

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