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January 11 2013

Let's Put An Asteroid In Orbit Around the Moon


In 2010, President Obama set a sky-high goal for NASA: to send a team of astronauts to visit a near-Earth asteroid (NEO) by 2025.

But rather then propelling humans on a dangerously long journey into interplanetary space, why not bring the asteroid here? This is the ultimate rock collector’s dream — plop a 500-ton space rock into orbit about the moon.

Bruce Willis couldn’t go walking around the on target asteroid, however. It would be only 20-feet across, small enough to fit in a backyard.

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