Is bagging an asteroid the best way to get to Mars?

October 31, 2014 8:49 PM

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NASA plans to redirect an asteroid into the moon's orbit so that astronauts can examine it and take samples. But a planetary scientist from MIT says this is putting us on the wrong path for future space exploration.

Scientists generally agree that spending more time with asteroids will aid in the more-distant plan to set foot on Mars. To this end, NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission involves picking an asteroid, or a piece of one, and redirecting it into the moon's orbit, so that astronauts can investigate the mas...

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