7 Questions about NASA's asteroid redirect mission

September 2, 2014 2:35 PM

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7 Questions about NASA's asteroid redirect mission

WASHINGTON – NASA plans to redirect a small asteroid into lunar orbit during the next decade as part of a steppingstone approach to landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s.

Some key leaders in Congress, which must approve funding for the mission, prefer returning to the moon. That plan was scrapped a few years ago by President Barack Obama, who canceled the Constellation Program due to what an independent commission called unsustainable costs.

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