NASA’s proposed mission to wrangle an asteroid into lunar orbit would marry the embattled space agency’s disparate programs while providing the foundation for humans to move beyond low Earth orbit, according to a key official’s remarks on Capitol Hill. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, further told a Space Transportation Association luncheon April 16 that the agency can achieve its lofty goals — not just preparing for the asteroid ...


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