30 Mar '15, 8pm

NASA Details 2020s Asteroid Capture Mission

NASA Details 2020s Asteroid Capture Mission

The problem with this approach is that it’s a one-shot deal : if the capture container fails for some reason, that’s it, you’re done, and the two year, US $1.25-billion mission amounts to something depressingly close to zilch. Instead, NASA has scaled back the Asteroid Retrevial Mission (ARM) into a “Tiny Little Piece of an Asteroid Retrevial Mission” (TLPARM). Rather than trying to grab an entire asteroid all at once, NASA's spacecraft will arrive with a giant claw . After scouting the asteroid for up to 400 days, NASA will choose a likely looking boulder (3m or so in diameter), and then play the most expensive claw game ever to try and land the spacecraft right on top of it and make the snag. NASA speculates that they’ll have between three and five

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/space-flight...

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