The Evolution of NASA's Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission

March 30, 2015 10:56 AM

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The Evolution of NASA's Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission

NASA's ambitious asteroid-capture mission has changed a lot since the agency officially announced its existence less than two years ago.

The original plan, which was revealed in April 2013, called for dragging an intact small space rock into orbit around the moon, where it would be visited by astronauts, perhaps as early as 2021. But NASA officials announced last Wednesday (March 25) that the mission will instead pluck a boulder off ...

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