Senior NASA managers and their White House overseers are pondering whether it might be politically possible to mount a near-term mission to capture a small asteroid and reposition it in orbit around the Moon, where it could serve as a proving ground for hardware and crews en route to larger objects deeper into space. The National Research Council says President Barack Obama's call for a human mission to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025 has not captured the public imagination in a way that ...

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