NASA’s proposed asteroid-capture mission may be worthwhile, but only if the agency can place it clearly on a path that leads to human boots on the surface of Mars, members of the House Science Committee said May 21. Opening a hearing on the advantages of capturing a small asteroid and positioning it in cislunar space over a mission to the lunar surface, panel leaders from both parties expressed skepticism at the new mission plan. “As our space program prepares for the next step to ...


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