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October 3 2013

New Asteroid-Capture Mission Idea: Go After Earth's 'Minimoons'


Capturing an asteroid may not be as difficult or expensive as NASA had thought.

The space agency is currently planning out a bold mission to snag an asteroid and drag it to a stable orbit near Earth, where it could be visited repeatedly by astronauts for scientific and exploration purposes. The best way to do this may be to chase down one of the "minimoons" that zip around our planet temporarily before zipping back off into deep space, some researchers say.

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