Cat Can't Scratch It
- May 9, 2000
NASA will be including a proposal for $100Million funding to grab an asteroid from its high orbit and return it to a moon orbit for study, according to a report from Aviation Week. The project, once launched, could take up to 10 years to complete with a total cost of $2.6 Billion dollars.
The mission as outlined comes across as more of a technology demonstration and practice run than anything else, although there is obviously the opportunity for real science in the capturing and up-close observation of an asteroid.