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NASA considers plan to capture an asteroid and turn it into a space station

NASA considers plan to capture an asteroid and turn it into a space station

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology is currently mulling over a proposal from Caltech scientists that describes a plan to capture a near-Earth asteroid and bring it into the moon’s orbit. If approved, the $2.6 billion plan would see the development of a robotic spacecraft that would transport a 500-ton asteroid to the lunar orbit by 2025 where it could be mined for resources and even converted into a base for human habitation. At the same time, it would also offer an unprecedented opportunity to jump-start a mission to Mars — and even launch missions into deep space.

via NASA considers plan to capture an asteroid and turn it into a space station.

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This entry was posted on January 7, 2013 by in ilike, io9.com and tagged , , , , .
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