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.
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?
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.
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.