April 12th, 2013
02:15 PM ET

NASA shoots for asteroid, new manned missions

NASA plans to capture an asteroid and start sending astronauts aloft again by 2017, even with a tighter budget, the U.S. space agency announced Wednesday.

The Obama administration is asking Congress for just over $17.7 billion in 2014, down a little more than 1% from the nearly $17.9 billion currently devoted to space exploration, aeronautics and other science.

The request includes $105 million to boost the study of asteroids, both to reduce the risk of one hitting Earth and to start planning for a mission to "identify, capture, redirect, and sample" a small one. The plan is to send an unmanned probe out to seize the asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon, where astronauts would study it.

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  1. sun

    It's such, a shame and obscene spectacle of virtue being stepped on in the name of political power. Why do they care that the sun is active?, they want to try to suggest solar activity does not drive Earth climate and temperature, because the theory of Global Warming is out the window with the latest 15 years of cooling, and continuing increases of carbon dioxide concetrations in the atmosphere. So, the message here is – 'see nasa is telling you our solar activity doesnt drive out climate' – which is a lie because it's the only real factor that does. Sickening

    May 5, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  2. helenecha

    I really wish the missions are all that easy. Our solar system looks spectacular not only because of the presence of our Sun and every point, but also because of the opportunities they usually meet with. Now one of them will have a chance of doing what scientists are expecting according to the designing, right? Is NASA going to call that opportunity?

    April 17, 2013 at 11:51 am |
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    April 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  4. helenecha

    I really wish the missions are all that easy. Our solar system looks spectacular not only because of the representations of our Sun and every point, but also because of the opportunities they usually meet with. Now one of them will have a chance of doing what scientists are expecting according to the designing, right? Is NASA going to call that opportunity?

    April 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

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