The Nibble Approach to Asteroid Testing

NASA released this animation of a mission to capture a boulder from the surface of an asteroid. A NASA spacecraft, called an asteroid redirect vehicle, would use robotic arms to pluck a 3-meter boulder off the asteroid. The spacecraft would then enter a stable lunar orbit with the boulder where astronauts could then visit it and take samples. Take a look: 

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One Response to The Nibble Approach to Asteroid Testing

  1. Reblogged this on Stories by Williams and commented:
    Update on plans for possible asteroid mining!

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