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The Keck Institute for Space Studies in California confirmed that NASA is giving serious consideration to the project which, if implemented, could come to fruition in the 2020s.
According to New Scientist, the idea behind the asteroid relocation may tie in with the Obama administrationís enthusiasm for sending a manned mission to a near-Earth asteroid. If NASA robotically fetches and places an object in orbit around the moon, a crewed space craft could practice engaging with it without needing to move beyond the range of a rescue mission.
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