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Another NASA`s asteroid-capture mission

Today, guys, we have news about some another NASA idea, the asteroid-capture mission, which is planned for 2020.

This is how it will look like: a big robotic probe “hand” will drag a boulder to lunar orbit, which astronauts will then visit in 2025. The last decision that had to be taken was to pluck a boulder off a big space rock rather than grab an entire near-Earth object.

NB: The cost of the robotic component of ARM — that is, the capture/redirect mission, without any astronaut visits —will be capped at $1.25 billion, not including the launch vehicle. 

This asteroid-reaserch mission will help us understand how best to deflect asteroids posing a threat to Earth. By the way, these plans are quite important for the space industry overall and for our future bootcamp in particular – who will tell us that the space elevator idea is insane after all these stories about NASA´s #cosmic #robohand?

 

A Brief History of Space Exploration

Will the space elevator be the Panama canal of the 21st century? Which economic system will we embrace in the next decades – cyber communism or libertarian anarchy? Will our solar system be a meritocratic system or bureaucratic in nature? Will our first space colony be on the Mars or on the Moon? Did you know that NASA’s budget in 2015 is bigger than originally requested?

These are the questions we ask ourselves about the future, but take a look back at how we started this grand human endeavor and how far we’ve come in so little time. Read more