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Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer
Associated Press ^ | April 05, 2013 | SETH BORENSTEIN

Posted on 04/05/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT by oxcart

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top senator says President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts would explore it in 2021.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.

Nelson, who is chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, said Friday that Obama is putting $100 million for the accelerated asteroid mission in the 2014 budget that comes out next week. The money would be used to find the right small asteroid.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: asteroid; catastrophism; florida; nasa
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1 posted on 04/05/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT by oxcart
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To: oxcart

What could possibly go wrong?
/ does it need to be said?


2 posted on 04/05/2013 1:23:02 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: oxcart

We'we'we gotta save the Bbbuilding and Loan!

3 posted on 04/05/2013 1:23:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: oxcart

“Nelson, who is chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee”

and, therein, is the problem...


4 posted on 04/05/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: oxcart
Then astronauts would explore it in 2021.

If we were to start today could we even get back to orbit by 2021 without hitching a ride from the Russians?

5 posted on 04/05/2013 1:24:21 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: oxcart
The Obama administration is involved? What could possibly go wrong?


6 posted on 04/05/2013 1:24:42 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: oxcart

An Islamoroid? I didn’t know we had any of those. Well, if NASA can make if feel good about itself, I’m probably all for it too.


7 posted on 04/05/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: oxcart

The astronut speaks...


8 posted on 04/05/2013 1:25:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: oxcart
Reminds me of Ted Stevens and his "series of tubes."
9 posted on 04/05/2013 1:29:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: oxcart

Why do I think this story is running about four days late.

Dateline probably should have been: 4/1/13?

Just axing


10 posted on 04/05/2013 1:30:20 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: oxcart
Senator Space Cadet

Senator Space Cadet

11 posted on 04/05/2013 1:33:09 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Hows that new wooden Space Shuttle coming along?


12 posted on 04/05/2013 1:34:51 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

It’ll never get off the ground, the tree huggers are protesting! :)


13 posted on 04/05/2013 1:36:57 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: oxcart

Wouldn’t it be faster if we land it on North Korea?


14 posted on 04/05/2013 1:37:17 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: oxcart
The money would be used to find the right small asteroid.

I wish Ears would leave science to the professionals and stop interjecting his 99 IQ into the mix.

To minimize the risk, this asteroid they're talking about had better be smaller than the one that just struck Russia last month (that baby could've conceivably taken out a large city, had the parameters been a little different), in which case, a hundred million bucks seems excessive.

Better to leave it where it is, imo, and send a robotic probe to it, than bring it back here. Then, if it's found to have lots of platinum, gold, rubies, whatever, let the robots mine it in place and bring the good stuff back, while leaving the worthless stuff where it is.

15 posted on 04/05/2013 1:37:38 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Conserev1
Hows that new wooden Space Shuttle coming along?

Here ya go:


16 posted on 04/05/2013 1:39:41 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: oxcart

I thought NASA main objective was to make mooslims feel welcome


17 posted on 04/05/2013 1:40:23 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: oxcart
President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon...

And yet the White House remains closed to school kids.
18 posted on 04/05/2013 1:43:22 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: LibWhacker

Lets not also dismiss the problem of gravitation. It won’t happen fast, but parking a rock at a sufficient distance from the moon could cause enough wobble to disrupt tides, weather, aurorae, etc.

This is a harebrained scheme that could cause real world problems. We’d be better off parking it at a La Grange point and taking trips out to study it.

Nelson is an embarrassment.


19 posted on 04/05/2013 1:43:53 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: oxcart
If they can do this, maybe they should bring an asteroid to earth to keep Guam from tipping over.
20 posted on 04/05/2013 1:44:16 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: oxcart
lasso asteroid, bring it closer

Let's keep those rocks as far away as possible!

21 posted on 04/05/2013 1:52:07 PM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: oxcart
Bronco Bama To Lasso Asteroid


22 posted on 04/05/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: oxcart

Forget the asteroid, we need to get Obama, DHS and the IRS our Ouranus!


23 posted on 04/05/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: oxcart

Didn’t the Russians, just last month, beat us with their retrieving a space rock.
Hopefully, “Olde Turkey Neck” Billy Nelson’s NASA gets it right.

“Houston We Have a Problem” # 2


24 posted on 04/05/2013 2:00:14 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: oxcart
Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer...

If they want to piss away money, why not just pile it up in a parking lot and set a match to it? Rediculous!!!

25 posted on 04/05/2013 2:00:29 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: oxcart

A big space project might be what we need to get our culture out of its slump. It could move our focus from inward to outward, where it belongs.

It would give young people something to focus on instead of their genitalia. It would redeem our heritage as explorers and developers.

Senator Bill Nelson may be wrong on a lot of things, but he’s not wrong on this.


26 posted on 04/05/2013 2:00:34 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

We can’t put a man in space and land him at the space station.... but we’re gonna park an asteroid close to the moon and put men on that? Give me a break.....


27 posted on 04/05/2013 2:04:20 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: FReepers

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28 posted on 04/05/2013 2:06:50 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: oxcart

Um.....Off the top of my head: there is no such mission. It would be a complete waste of time and money, and I don’t think we have the technology to make the chances of success higher than 4 or 5 percent.

And....I’d be even more pissed off they’re not spending the money on the one mission every single person at NASA should be working on: WHAT’S UNDER THE FRIGGIN ICE ON EUROPA?!?!?!?

Morons.


29 posted on 04/05/2013 2:09:20 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: kjam22; GoldenPup
We landed on the moon with 1960s technology. We have exponentially greater potential today.

We absolutely must have a strong precense in space. City-killing asteroids can come at any moment. The last known one was in 1908.

The problem today is all of our resources are spent on:

1. Extravagant lifestyles of thieves who are connected to our politicians.

2. Keeping most of the population stupid, lazy and distracted with bread/circuses to figure it out.

3. A vast militarized police force and surveillance state to keep producers/slaves disarmed and serving the thieves.

30 posted on 04/05/2013 2:53:15 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

See... here’s where we’re going to disagree. I’m not concerned about city killing asteroids. We know without a doubt that it’s going to happen, in a big way. It is part of prophecy that will be fulfilled. There is not one thing we can do about it. It will happen in the course of time, according to God’s word. So we should spend our money on something besides trying to protect our planet from asteroids. Really, we should just give the money back to the tax payers and rest in God’s will.


31 posted on 04/05/2013 3:01:48 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: oxcart

A 100 million dollars to “find” the asteroid?

That means quintillions of dollars and untold decades to get it here.

FUBO!


32 posted on 04/05/2013 3:03:04 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Yehuda

Somebody should suggest lassoing his hemmerhoid out of his moon!


33 posted on 04/05/2013 3:27:21 PM PDT by Madhattan
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To: kjam22
I believe our destiny is to spread throughout the solar system, the galaxy and beyond. Beyond the bounds of space and time. Our minds have infinite potential.

Within 20 years humans will form a sustainable, reproducing colony on Mars that will grow more prosperous with every year. We have the technology to do so and several colonies are already being planned RIGHT NOW (without tax money). Within 1-2 centuries, we will robotically terraform the entire planet and seed it with life.

I don't believe ANY word written on paper by man is indisputable truth. Even if God truly “spoke” to those men thousands of years ago it is still only words on paper written by men. We should not give up and doom humanity on this planet because of that. That would be a self-fulfiling prophecy.

34 posted on 04/05/2013 4:19:21 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: oxcart
What does this have to do with Muslim outreach? Are the NASA folks outsourcing the software writing to the Iranians?
35 posted on 04/05/2013 4:35:56 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: oxcart; All

Maverick: “I’m going to slow down and bring him in closer!!!”

Sundowner: “Yer gonna do WHAT!!!”

First rule in modern ACM...”Speed is life!!!”


36 posted on 04/05/2013 6:13:04 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Conserev1

It looks great outside Space Center Houston.../sarc


37 posted on 04/05/2013 6:14:48 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: oxcart

What astronauts? We don’t have a manned space program any more.


38 posted on 04/05/2013 6:16:38 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: oxcart
the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.

Ohhh yeah, that is how it is how "muslim outreach is done by NASA's book and bHo and staff." We all know that is the purpose of why we even have NASA.
39 posted on 04/05/2013 6:23:21 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: oxcart

A lasso is inhumane.
PETA (People for the Ethical Tretment of Asteroids) will squelch this.

Florida should get a Senator who is not a complete fool onto this committee.


40 posted on 04/05/2013 6:32:56 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: oxcart
They must have put out there a arbitary number of cost because they really don't know the true cost of this mission and they know very well it could cost well over 3 times as much or more the cost they said of $ 100 Million.

Park this thing next to the Moon ? what idiots, so ? what happens if and when this thing decides to move towards earth and happens to kill people ?
41 posted on 04/05/2013 6:36:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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>> “what happens if and when this thing decides to move towards earth and happens to kill people ?” <<

.
partial fulfillment of UN agenda 21 (population reduction)


42 posted on 04/05/2013 6:39:50 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: varyouga

The next step for Man is the same as it was 40 years ago- build an underground ‘greenhouse’ on the Moon and expand it.

Without that step nothing else has a purpose, as we’ve seen for the last 40 years.


43 posted on 04/05/2013 6:40:24 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Iron Munro

Ass Troid


44 posted on 04/05/2013 6:40:40 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

NASA will just call on George Bailey and Pecos Bill to lasso the moon!


45 posted on 04/05/2013 6:49:30 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Heck, they should just park it ON the moon, then mine it to their heart’s content.


46 posted on 04/05/2013 7:05:36 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: oxcart

OMG...I’m beginning to think that Nelson is even dumber than Patty Murray.....what a STUPID idea.


47 posted on 04/06/2013 2:52:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

OOPS...I’ve been taken.....didn’t see the April 1 date!! But I still think Nelson is a DUMB bag of rocks.


48 posted on 04/06/2013 2:53:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks oxcart. APoD extra.


49 posted on 04/06/2013 4:57:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: KevinDavis; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks oxcart.
...a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts would explore it in 2021. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.



50 posted on 04/06/2013 4:58:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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