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NASA's $100 Million Asteroid Initiative


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In President Obama's 2014 budget proposal, unveiled on Wednesday, the space agency called for a spending total of $17.7 billion, with $105 million of that money dedicated to identifying potentially hazardous asteroids, NASA said in a news conference on Wednesday. 

Of that, $78 million would go toward the asteroid retrieval initiative

If successful, this would be the "first-ever mission to identify, capture, and relocate an asteroid," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement

Though wrought with unexpected challenges, the plan to wrangle a fast-rotating space rock actually seems pretty simple on paper. 

NASA released an animation of the operation, which we've broken into slides. 

See the plan to lasso an asteroid >

Is "lasso" really the right word here?

Concept of Asteroid Capture in Progress | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Technically, no, but I guess it captures the imagination better than others

It does. It also makes Obama seem like a cowboy.

"Cowboy" is a fine,100% American association.  For Obama, that can only help. 

Fair enough.

I love this Reddit "explain like I'm five" about why NASA wants an asteroid:

http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/1cbmap/eli5_why_does_nasa_wants_to_catch_an_asteroid_and/

They dragged Mad Men into the conversation!

One of my teacher from Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (Paris) is leading part of a mission called Rosetta, already in space, which goal is to approach a comet and land on it, to study its ice.Comets are candidates to be the life bringers.It's quite funny because they have no idea how hard is the surface of the comet.Maybe the sonde will bounce on it, maybe it will sink. In both case the mission is lost. ^^

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