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NASA Wants $100 Million To Catch An Asteroid ....


NASA’s fiscal 2014 budget request will include $100 million for a new mission to find a small asteroid, capture it with a robotic spacecraft and bring it into range of human explorers somewhere in the vicinity of the Moon.




Link .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_03_28_2013_p0-564163.xml


Come mai non hai aperto questo thread nella sezione del forum dedicata allo spazio?

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Incredibile? Non so se hai visto chi è andato in Parlamento in Italia negli ultimi trent'anni, questo sì che ha dell'incredibile, a confronto catturare asteroidi è una passeggiata.

Come arma comunque mi pare da brivido. dopo averlo fotografato e studiato, potrebbero per favore prenderlo e lasciarselo "sfuggire" alle coordinate da me indicate prego? Chissà che botto! E poi è piovuto dal cielo, non è mica colpa di nessuno! Ops...

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L'Ente Spaziale USA ha appena rilasciato nuova documentazione ....


New Imagery of Asteroid Mission ....


NASA released Aug. 22 new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect, and study a near-Earth asteroid.

The images depict crew operations including the Orion spacecraft's trip to and rendezvous with the relocated asteroid, as well as astronauts maneuvering through a spacewalk to collect samples from the asteroid.


Link .... http://www.nasa.gov/content/new-imagery-of-asteroid-mission/index.html





This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid after it has been relocated to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system.

Hundreds of rings are affixed to the asteroid capture bag, helping the astronaut carefully navigate the surface.

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Toh ... chi si rivede!


Astronomers have confirmed that a small object temporarily captured by Earth’s orbit is the Centaur upper-stage rocket booster that helped lift NASA’s ill-fated Surveyor 2 spacecraft toward the moon in 1966.
The object, designated 2020 SO, was initially detected by the Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System, which monitors near-Earth objects such as asteroids that might pose a threat to Earth. 
Upon closer examination, scientists at the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) realized that this was no ordinary asteroid. 
Typically, the orbit of an asteroid is more elongated and tilted relative to Earth’s orbit. 
However, before 2020 SO was captured by this planet’s gravity, it was orbiting around the sun in a near circle and in an orbital plane that almost matched Earth’s. 
Adding to the mystery, the trajectory of 2020 SO was changing slightly in response to getting pushed by the solar wind, suggesting it was likely hollow.

... airspacemag.com ... https://www.airspacemag.com/space/prodigal-booster-returns-180976718/ ...


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