Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How to Stop Asteroids From Destroying Earth

Well according to NASA they might just have a plan to keep humanity from being destroyed by huge space rocks.

NASA has proposed an initiative titled:  The Asteroid Grand Challenge.  NASA officials presented the plan at NASA's headquarters which:
  • calls on the public to present new ways to detect and address asteroid threats to Earth.

NASA officials state that NASA wants, in part, the ideas and assistance of private U.S. companies, universities, and non-profit organizations. 

The new mission works in conjunction with ongoing NASA projects, one of which involves   a plan to capture an asteroid, pull it in toward the moon and send astronauts to visit it.   Of course the asteroid-retrieval mission, which btw would be  the first deep-space mission for astronauts flying on NASA's Space Launch System rocket and Orion space capsule both of which are still under development.  Needless to say this reticence comes from a congress that has been all to eager to cut more from NASA's budget.  Now they feel that NASA should put it's efforts into  returning to the moon.

Right now, from my perspective, I would love for them to just fly their own craft.  Landing on an asteroid does sound cool however!

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