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NASA requests $100 million, wants to find an asteroid in space, drag it toward the Moon and send astronauts to study it

NASA wants to find a stray asteroid, pull it toward the Moon and study it.

@anthony256
Published Sat, Mar 30 2013 2:14 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:24 PM CST

NASA has an interesting plan that would see them find an asteroid in space, drag it toward the Moon and send astronauts to study it. NASA are requesting $100 million for the mission, which is coming in the middle of their fight over the 2014 budget continues in Washington.

NASA requests $100 million, wants to find an asteroid in space, drag it toward the Moon and send astronauts to study it | TweakTown.com

The idea comes from the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology back in 2011. Scientists have said that the plan is capable of being played out within the next decade, and would be a very good move for future endeavours by US engineers to plunder asteroids with robotic mining for water and metals. NASA has requested $100 million, with Keck researchers admitting that the actual operation would cost as much as $2.6 billion and it would take at least six years to grab an asteroid close to Earth.

The researchers have said that there could be as many as 20,000 pieces of space debris within a decent distance from the Earth, but it could take astronauts up to six months to travel to the asteroid in order to pull it back toward the Moon.

NASA have said that if politicians don't get in their way, a major announcement for this plan could be in their future.

NEWS SOURCE:rt.com

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