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Nasa Associate Administrator on Asteroid Initiative


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Capture near-Earth asteroid

NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to the Earth-Moon system, where astronauts can visit and explore it.

Credit: NASA

"The mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid robotically, and then visit it with astronauts to study it and return samples takes advantage of expertise across all of NASA in an integrated approach to exploration..."

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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