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NASA Plans to "Lasso" Asteroid And Turn It Into Space Station
SlashDot via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012

Posted on 12/24/2012 10:33:11 AM PST by shove_it

SternisheFan writes "NASA scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid, relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts to refuel on their way to Mars. From the article: 'The 1.6bn-pound plan will be considered by the White House's Office of Science and technology in the coming weeks, as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade, the Daily Mail reported.

According to a report prepared by NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists, a, 'asteroid capture capsule' would be attached to an old Atlas V rocket and directed towards the asteroid between the earth and the moon. Once close, the asteroid capsule would release a 50ft diameter bag that wrap around the spinning rock using drawstrings. The craft would then turn on its thrusters, using an estimated 300kg of propellant, to stop the asteroid in its tracks and tow it into a gravitationally neutral spot. From here space explorers would have a stationary base from which to launch trips deeper into space.

Though NASA declined to comment on the project, it is believed that technology would make it possible within 10-12 years. The technology would also open up the possibility of mining other asteroids for their metals and minerals. Some are full of iron which could be used for in the making of new space stations, others are made up of water which could be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make fuel. t is hoped that the project will increase our understanding of asteroids, and even shed new light on the origin of life on Earth.'"


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Truth or Satire?
1 posted on 12/24/2012 10:33:23 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it; NonValueAdded

Is this another of Boone Pickens’ Plans?


2 posted on 12/24/2012 10:35:26 AM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: shove_it

I don’t know, but the coolness factor is off the charts.


3 posted on 12/24/2012 10:36:02 AM PST by marron
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To: shove_it

I hope it’s a joke because this sounds like something right out of the 1950’s cheesy space flicks.


4 posted on 12/24/2012 10:37:00 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: shove_it

The only AtlasVs are static displays in Florida and Texas, and we don’t even have the technical plans for them anymore. Couldn’t build more even if we wanted too.....


5 posted on 12/24/2012 10:37:38 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: shove_it

The folks at NASA must be on drugs


6 posted on 12/24/2012 10:37:52 AM PST by The Louiswu (it's all downhilll from here!!!)
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To: shove_it
Is this another of Boone Pickens’ Plans?

That or a Wile E. Coyote plan.

7 posted on 12/24/2012 10:39:32 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Louiswu

The Arabs have taken over NASA long since and are arranging for an extra moon for all the moonbats.


8 posted on 12/24/2012 10:45:34 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: F15Eagle
Works for me!


9 posted on 12/24/2012 10:45:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: shove_it

I think the brains behind this one is the guy that decided to rocket to the sun at night to avoid the heat.


10 posted on 12/24/2012 10:48:15 AM PST by Cyman
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To: shove_it
Wait wait wait! This is outrageous. This is going to cost a lot of money and I hope Mr. Obama stops this. A lot of illegals can be supported with this money, a lot of food stamps and health care can be bought for them. We have an obligation.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 10:50:44 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: BenLurkin

lol

Now “Forbidden Planet”, that was a great one.


12 posted on 12/24/2012 10:52:09 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: shove_it

And why again do we need to refuel on the way to mars?


13 posted on 12/24/2012 10:55:35 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: shove_it; KevinDavis

Not a bad idea but I doubt NASA is into things like that, unless it outreaches to muslims


14 posted on 12/24/2012 11:01:51 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Kozak

BUMP

that’s progress for you.

lol


15 posted on 12/24/2012 11:03:07 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DesertRhino

We won’t. But sending the return ship and fuel/supplies for the trip back wouldn’t be a bad idea.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 11:04:44 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: shove_it
Altering the course of a 500 ton asteroid as it flies near Earth.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong.

17 posted on 12/24/2012 11:10:39 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: shove_it
NASA will then construct the first Mosque in Space on the asteroid to help build Muslim self esteem.


18 posted on 12/24/2012 11:15:11 AM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: shove_it
"The craft would then turn on its thrusters to stop the asteroid in its tracks and tow it into a gravitationally neutral spot."

What could go wrong?


19 posted on 12/24/2012 11:17:44 AM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: shove_it

No, it’s a new Ed Wood production. And here I thought he was dead.


20 posted on 12/24/2012 11:20:22 AM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: shove_it
If NASA wants a launch platform in space, I give them the moon. Clavius Base is long overdue.

That said, the capture and redirect idea could have value as part of an asteroid defense scheme. I just hope they get the math right this time and not, oh, say, reverse the sign and propel the damned thing into the Pacific.

21 posted on 12/24/2012 11:28:12 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: NonValueAdded
i.e. "All Clear" Given on Potential 2040 Impact of Asteroid 2011 AG5
22 posted on 12/24/2012 11:30:25 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: shove_it

What astronauts?

We don’t have a manned space program.


23 posted on 12/24/2012 11:41:54 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: shove_it

So are the Russians going to do this for us?


24 posted on 12/24/2012 11:56:41 AM PST by cruise_missile
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To: shove_it
"Truth or Satire?"

Don't know, but a 500 ton rock is not very big and why would a small asteroid be better than simply placing something in the planned orbit, assuming that it was even necessary.

25 posted on 12/24/2012 12:01:46 PM PST by Truth29
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To: shove_it

That is what scientific work is today,plans to do cool stuff that though feasible would never get approved.NASA went from a beacon of hope to an agency that deals in “planning” instead of seeing anything through.

Time to put this agency out of its misery.


26 posted on 12/24/2012 5:31:40 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: shove_it

Posted previously in 2010:

Towards the end of my aerospace career I proposed two key technologies that would allow a Mars mission:

1. Suspended Animation by using a combination of drugs, e.g., anesthesia meds, and lowered body temp.

My scheme for lowering body temp is to surgically implant a heating coil in the blood supply to the hypothalamus. By heating the blood there, you convince the body that it is overheating.

We only need to lower the temp to the low 90s in order to have the astronaut sleep for 2-3 weeks at a time. For a crew of six, you keep 2 awake to run the ship while 4 sleep. Your logistics (oxygen, food, water, waste) are reduced by about 60%.

2. A chemical processor about the size of a desk that uses CO2 and water to synthesize sugar, alcohol, and then carbohyddrate to bake bread with some additives such as fiber. You can easily fulfill over 50% of calorie requirements with such a synthesizer.

Oh yeah, it would provide the grog ration daily.

I also proposed that we search for a small Apollo asteroid near the plane of the Earth-Mars orbit with aphelion near Mars and perihelion near Earth.

Over a period of time we could use a mass driver, a la Gerard O’Neill, and put the asteroid into a Mars/Earth cycling orbit.

I must give credit to Buzz Aldrin’s ground breaking work on cycling spaceships here.

My proposal was to establish a long term space station near the asteroid to house astronauts going to/from Mars.

We would have plenty of soil for agriculture and a fully self-sustaining environment as well as all the radiation shielding we could ever want.

In addition, the astronauts could do some original science on the nearby celestial body.

As the cycling station + asteroid approach Mars or Earth, the astronauts use an Apollo style capsule to reenter the atmosphere. The station continues it’s cyclic orbit with a new crew.

Without high speed transit, the show stoppers for a Mars mission are logistics (food, etc.) and the total radiation dose of a 3 year trip. Without shielding, the astronauts will not survive 3 years of radiation for long.


27 posted on 12/24/2012 5:47:58 PM PST by darth
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To: shove_it
In keeping with the season.


28 posted on 12/24/2012 5:53:27 PM PST by Bratch
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To: darth

Once again, though I did a FR search, it failed to turn up your posting, dang it! One suggestion re your proposal, please correct your spelling of hippopotamus.


29 posted on 12/24/2012 8:32:35 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: shove_it; darth

p.s.

Nice touch with the grog ration.


30 posted on 12/24/2012 8:43:46 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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