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NASA plan to capture asteroid to use as base for future Mars mission

posted 25 Dec 2012, 05:45 by Mpelembe   [ updated 25 Dec 2012, 05:46 ]

Next Media -   “NASA has proposed an ambitious plan to turn an asteroid into a space station.”

“An ‘asteroid capture capsule’ would be launched on an Atlas V rocket.”

“The capsule would lasso a small asteroid with a 50-foot diameter bag and then burn its thrusters to maneuver the asteroid into a moon orbit.”

“Once there, the asteroid could be used as a base for a future mission to Mars.”

SOURCE: The Australian, Popular MechanicsCalifornia Institute of Technology