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Can NASA Poach a Boulder from an Asteroid?

posted: 03/26/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Artist’s illustration of NASA’s robotic asteroid probe picking up a boulder for relocation around the moon.
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From Discovery News

NASA plans to launch a robotic spacecraft to pick up a boulder roughly 10 feet in diameter from the surface of an asteroid and nudge it into an orbit around the moon, officials said Wednesday.

The mission was one of two under consideration to develop technologies and equipment needed to one day send astronauts to Mars. The other option was to capture a small asteroid in a bag-like contraption and transport the whole body into a lunar orbit.

Either way, NASA plans to send an Orion spaceship carrying a two-member crew to the relocated object to give the new capsule a three-week trial run in deep space.

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