The renowned planetary scientist who chairs the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) says he is happy with two-thirds of the agency’s proposal to capture a small asteroid and nudge it into a high lunar orbit for examination by spacewalking astronauts early in the coming decade. Developing the capability to detect asteroids in the 7-10-meter class, and to rendezvous spacecraft in cislunar space are both worthy goals, given NASA’s current capabilities and projected budgets, says Steve Squyres of ...

THIS CONTENT REQUIRES SUBSCRIPTION ACCESS

You must be a paid subscriber to access "Top NASA Advisor Has A Reservation About Asteroid Capture".

 

Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to http://awin.aviationweek.com for access.

 

Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.