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April 3 2014

Fly Me to the Minimoon: Tiny Asteroids Near Earth Touted for Human Exploration


A manned mission to an asteroid may be quite a bit less complicated than NASA had thought.

The space agency is drawing up bold plans to capture a near-Earth asteroid and drag it back to a stable lunar orbit, where astronauts could visit it in the future. But tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near our planet and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.

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