April 8th, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Forget falling stars: NASA plans to catch an asteroid

NASA is planning to catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon.


What sounds like something from science fiction is actually a part of President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, according to a Florida senator.

The budget is expected to be unveiled this week.


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  1. helenecha

    Well, are scientists going to consider catching an asteroid and placing it in orbit around a moon or a planet somewhere other than our Moon or our Earth?

    April 9, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  2. Farnsworth

    Two ways to catch an asteroid. One is to use a trap. The other is to use a fishin rod. I caught a 24 pounder once while fishin in the Mississippi River. Now that was a nice asteroid.

    April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dave

    The principles of thermodynamic propulsion reveal this is theoretically possible. Using new molecular technologies in net design one should be able to create a mesh net with strength great enough to contain then slow the asteroid allowing it to be captured. This is analogous in theory to a giant tuna net but of far greater strength.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm |


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