Daunting space mission: Send astronauts to asteroid

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    All this has to be ready to launch by 2025 by presidential order.

    It has the dreamers of NASA both excited and anxious.

    "This is a risky mission. It's a challenging mission," says NASA chief technology officer Bobby Braun. "It's the kind of mission that engineers will eat up."

    This is a matter of sending "humans farther than ever before," says NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. It is all a stepping stone to the dream of flying astronauts to Mars in the mid 2030s.

    "I think it is THE mission NASA should embrace," says University of Tennessee aerospace professor John Muratore. "To be successful at this mission, you've got to embrace all of the technologies that you need for Mars."

    The reason NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and others give is that this mission could save civilization.

    If NASA goes to ion propulsion, the best bet would be to start the bulk of the ship on a trip to and around the moon without astronauts. That would take a while, but if no one is on it, it doesn't matter, Joosten says. Then when that ship is far from Earth, astronauts aboard Orion would dock and join the rest of the trip. By this time, the ship would have picked up sufficient speed and keep on accelerating.

    Much of the habitat could be inflatable, launched in a lightweight form, and inflated in space. On Friday, July 22, 2011, NASA announced a competition among four universities to design potential exploration habitats.

    Daunting space mission: Send astronauts to asteroid | R&D Mag

    Brilliant plan by visionairies. Truly brilliant.
     
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    Whew!

    That's ballsy

    It's going to be next to impossible to moar up to one since they spin and tumble, so a manned mission would be overly dangerous.

    But put some machines on it and they can use the asteroid as the engines to travel all over the place, sending information back for decades to come.

    Possibly learning how to use them to launch us deeper into space.
     
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    Good thing we already have the Ares, Orion and Constellation, er,wait a second, Obama killed the boosters. How are we supposed to get there?

    I can't wait until this jerkoffs one term is over.
     
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    from the article;

    All this has to be ready to launch by 2025 by presidential order.



    fucking righto chief!!:lol:




    never happen.....:doubt:
     
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    24 years.

    Maybe not with people, but surely with machines.
     
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    They want to reorient the asteroid so it points to Mecca
     
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    Fifty-six years to get from the moon to an asteroid?

    That's pathetic.
     
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    Then you might want to study up on just how unforgiving mistakes in space are.
     
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    Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton already made it happen.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq6q2BrTino]‪Armageddon trailer‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I had to wait a couple hours to quit laughing hard enough to respond...

    As a former KSC employee, this is about as exciting as a family vacation to Hoboken, NJ..

    No purpose in the WORLD to send a manned mission to a space rock that we we don't want to use as base or revisit. "SAVE CIVILIZATION"???? :lol: Gimmeabreak -- that was movie, not a research plan..

    Develop the ion engines.. Hell -- develop the warp engines.. Send advanced remote mobile laboratories.. But don't tell me that this isn't a dead end manned mission for the purpose of stemming the guilt for unemploying all those Shuttle employees.

    Rather build a manned moon base in preparation for extended stays on Mars than go lassooing some errant space boulders.. THAT would be a focused strategy for manned missions..
     

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