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NASA is going to catch an asteroid

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NASA experts are going to catch a real asteroid for its detailed and comprehensive study. In the US aerospace agency revealed some details of the upcoming unique mission. The asteroid is planned to be captured using a special unmanned probe, after which it will be delivered to the lunar orbit, where astronauts will already be sent earlier. NASA is planning to send an asteroid to a previously captured and displaced using an unmanned robotic system with a special dome, an asteroid with the crew. A flight to a captured asteroid will take about 9 days. Having reached the goal of their flight, the astronauts will collect all the necessary samples of the asteroid in a special container, which will be sent to Earth for further analysis. It is assumed that the main part of the planned operation will take place no earlier than 2021 of the year.


Scientists from NASA are confident that the secret of the origin of our Universe is stored inside asteroids. That is why the American Space Agency has made the announcement of its, perhaps, the most ambitious research program in the last decade. If you have previously studied the composition of asteroids that have fallen to Earth, now it is planned to take rock samples directly in space.

“From our past research, we made a conclusion that when the Solar System was just beginning to form from a cloud of gas, all the planets known to us were formed almost at the same time with a star. Thus, the asteroids in space are bunches of the very original substance, which has never turned into planets. The study of these samples can help humanity to answer questions about the origin of our Universe, ”says John Granesfield, who is the assistant director of NASA for scientific research.

NASA is going to catch an asteroid

Asteroids, like the solar system, 4,5 billion years. At the same time, 3 of the main types of celestial bodies is known to scientists today, the most valuable of which are asteroids of two classes: M and S. These space boulders are rich in precious metals and iron, they have platinum and gold. Dreaming about space metallurgy, astrophysicists are studying other types of carbon asteroids. Such asteroids can contain large reserves of water, as well as various organic compounds.

Firstly, according to scientists, water from such asteroids can be used during space missions. In order to raise to the orbit from Earth the same amount of water that is contained in asteroids, huge sums of money will be needed, what is it for, if there is water in space? Secondly, the water that is contained in asteroids can be divided into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel. In addition, large amounts of phosphorus, organic carbon and other key elements necessary for fertilizing plants are contained in class S asteroids, Dante Loretta, who is the main researcher of the NASA project on capturing asteroids, told journalists.

While researching the universe with telescopes, scientists have already counted about half a million asteroids within our solar system. Using special spectrometers helps scientists determine the type of space object and select the most suitable samples for studying. It is assumed that the diameter of the studied asteroid will not exceed 10 meters, and the mass - 500 tons. Scientists estimate that such a mission would not pose any danger to people on Earth, since an asteroid of this size would simply burn out when entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The experience gained during the implementation of this project will be useful for landing people on a large asteroid by 2025 and flying to Mars in 2030, according to NASA. In 2014, the American Space Agency wants to start creating technology and choosing the right asteroid. For this purpose, NASA has applied for an initial project budget of $ 78 million.


According to NASA Assistant Director Robert Lightfoot, approximately until 2016, the agency plans to study, classify, and select suitable asteroids for the upcoming mission and develop all the necessary technologies. At the final stage of research, it is planned to work out the question of how astronauts will be able to visit a captured asteroid.

According to the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, the agency’s specialists are determined and ready to fulfill the task set by US President Barack Obama - to send people to the asteroid by the year 2025. In preparation for this mission in 2021, it is planned to seize and tow a small asteroid. According to Bolden, this mission will bring human knowledge and exploration of outer space to a new level, which will help protect the Earth and bring humanity closer to sending people to an asteroid.

The objective of this intermediate project is to capture a small asteroid and transfer it to circumlunar orbit. After which the astronaut will fly to the asteroid. It is planned to implement it with the help of the NASA launch vehicle "Space Launch System" (Space Launch System) and the new spacecraft "Orion". It is planned that the Orion pilotless pilot test should be held in 2017 year. According to the director of NASA, this mission will not only show the level and possibilities of modern space technologies, but will also contribute to their development, as well as be the subject of inspiration for schoolchildren and students who are interested in science and technology.


Also one of the missions to study the asteroids is the prevention of the threats that these celestial bodies can pose to our planet. Most likely, the meeting of the Earth with an asteroid at one time put an end to the era of dinosaurs. Therefore, humanity must demonstrate that it is still smarter than dinosaurs and able to stand up for itself, said NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver. Americans want not only to study the composition and structure of cosmic lumps, but also to hunt for "monster asteroids" that could threaten our planet. This direction of development of the space program of the American specialists was prompted by the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite in February of this year.

Information sources:
-http: //www.vesti.ru/doc.html? id = 1124268
-http: //www.epochtimes.ru/content/view/73203/5
-http: //hi-news.ru/space/nasa-pokazalo-kak-i-dlya-chego-sobiraetsya-lovit-asteroidy.html
-http: //www.golos-ameriki.ru/content/us-space/1639087.html
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  1. lewerlin53rus
    lewerlin53rus 5 September 2013 07: 56 New
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    That's where the dibs are sawing! Fantasy!
    1. Veles25
      Veles25 5 September 2013 08: 25 New
      +1
      ......................
    2. chunga-changa
      chunga-changa 5 September 2013 13: 06 New
      +5
      People work according to the program, set goals, but the loot is undoubtedly sawed. Our sawing no less, and maybe more, for the sake of what, what to show people, a new car, a new yacht, a new heifer.
    3. DEMENTIY
      DEMENTIY 5 September 2013 16: 53 New
      +7
      That's where the dibs are sawing!

      You shouldn’t be so. They can only be envied - gentlemen are moving forward. We have more or less ambitious - "Phobos soil" to the bottom lay instantly. It was insulting to tears, I was waiting for this mission from the Union - I waited a damn shame!
      1. Aryan
        Aryan 5 September 2013 20: 12 New
        +1
        Don’t spin like that, brother
        Our lunar rover was FIRST
        but not the last !!!
  2. xetai9977
    xetai9977 5 September 2013 07: 57 New
    +6
    Everything that is useful for science can be welcomed. A clear indicator of man’s step into space will be a flight to Mars!
  3. shurup
    shurup 5 September 2013 08: 50 New
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    NACA decided to add asteroids to orbital debris. On earth they are called - heaps.
    I hope that before delivery to the orbit of the moon an express analysis of the asteroid for the percentage of rare earth will be carried out.
    High talk of scientific value for discovering the secrets of the universe should be left to the Ministry of Camouflage.
  4. Wedmak
    Wedmak 5 September 2013 09: 23 New
    +2
    And what will happen if oil is found on asteroids? Will the USA shake asteroid dust to conduct a punitive action to the asteroid regime?
    (I know that they will not find, this is a joke)
  5. Canep
    Canep 5 September 2013 10: 00 New
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    I remember someone convinced me with foam at the mouth that this was impossible with today's technological development.
  6. Mareman Vasilich
    Mareman Vasilich 5 September 2013 10: 05 New
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    Quote: Wedmak
    And what will happen if oil is found on asteroids? Will the USA shake asteroid dust to conduct a punitive action to the asteroid regime?
    (I know that they will not find, this is a joke)

    They will find, find, in order to take control of all the asteroids in the system, for the implementation of the rights of asteroids and democracy. They even have the technology, most likely, have it.
  7. saag
    saag 5 September 2013 10: 30 New
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    Quote: Wedmak
    And what will happen if oil is found on asteroids?

    But why look for it, at least flood hydrocarbons on Titan, the question is - when will resource-producing companies get there, probably not earlier than they do a nuclear tug
  8. AlNikolaich
    AlNikolaich 5 September 2013 10: 58 New
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    I read it, I thought ... It was smooth on paper, but forgot about the ravines ... Now the states can no longer send a person to the moon again, and here it is!
    In short, I take this as a scenario for the next blogger with Bruce Willis!
    According to the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, the agency’s specialists are determined and ready to fulfill the task set by US President Barack Obama - to send people to the asteroid by the year 2025. In preparation for this mission in 2021, it is planned to seize and tow a small asteroid. According to Bolden, this mission will bring human knowledge and exploration of outer space to a new level, which will help protect the Earth and bring humanity closer to sending people to an asteroid.-if only this is not another "disinformation", then people have trouble with common sense!
    1. Evgeniy-111
      Evgeniy-111 5 September 2013 12: 32 New
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      Then make the asteroid manned and drop it to Russia!
  9. Azaat
    Azaat 5 September 2013 12: 43 New
    +2
    I watched a movie about comets from amers. There, the Americans stormed Halley's comet three times and even took samples. BUT about our "Vega" not a word, although she did all the basic work.
    As a result of a study by Haley’s comet by two Soviet AMSs, unique scientific results were obtained, including about 1500 images. For the first time, it was possible to come so close to the very center of the "tailed monster"; for the first time, it was possible to examine the cometary nucleus at close range. The research program has been fully implemented. The physical characteristics of the nucleus (size, shape, surface properties, temperature) were determined, the structure and dynamics of the near-nuclear region of the coma, the composition of the gas and dust particles, their mass distribution at different distances from the nucleus, the interaction of the solar wind with the comet’s atmosphere and ionosphere were studied.
    And you are talking about an asteroid.
    1. Dimy4
      Dimy4 5 September 2013 19: 57 New
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      And in almost all astronomical films about the Russian cosmonautics, not a word. As if we had not paved the way into space, sent research stations. Near-Earth stations were built. We were the first in space in everything. And to smooth the grudge about our space in the states - not a word. Americans do not even know whose engines their spacecraft fly. Summing up the above, I note that all of their attitude towards us is shown in the film Armageddon. Personally, I can't stand him.
  10. Bugor
    Bugor 5 September 2013 12: 49 New
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    And at what speed does the asteroid move? After all, it is necessary to catch up with it, change the orbit, and all this through our modern technologies ???
    1. Wedmak
      Wedmak 5 September 2013 12: 54 New
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      And at what speed does the asteroid move?

      The Japanese flew to the comet, samples were taken, so there are no particular problems. The speeds are decent, but the samples from the comet were delivered to Earth.
      1. Bugor
        Bugor 5 September 2013 14: 50 New
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        Fly up and take samples - this is a mosquito bite. But to deploy - it is very doubtful ....
  11. spirit
    spirit 5 September 2013 13: 15 New
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    nonsense! why send astranauts? in automatic mode it is impossible to collect what?))))
  12. Mjolnir
    Mjolnir 5 September 2013 14: 03 New
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    Let's think it over. What can prevent this asteroid from dropping to a given point in the earth?
  13. Bugor
    Bugor 5 September 2013 14: 49 New
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    Its size. Small - does not reach the surface, large - will cause a GLOBAL disaster. It will be cooler than nuclear weapons.
  14. IRBIS
    IRBIS 5 September 2013 17: 54 New
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    - I caught a bear!
    “So drag him here!”
    - I can not!!!
    - Why not?
    - He won't let me in ...
  15. Beck
    Beck 5 September 2013 19: 03 New
    +3
    And here for the aroshniks amers are bastards.

    MANKIND goes out into space and rejoices that this happens during our lives, so no, everything is there too.

    By and large, for the story that "Phobos soil" (if it were successful), that the capture of an asteroid is all the achievements of mankind.

    And there is an international agreement - The sovereignty of any particular country cannot extend to any cosmic bodies. We can say cosmic bodies are the property of Mankind.
  16. ivanovbg
    ivanovbg 5 September 2013 19: 42 New
    +1
    This is a very big step forward in science and in applied cosmonautics. We must applaud and make something even cooler.
  17. VadimSt
    VadimSt 5 September 2013 21: 46 New
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    If only it didn’t work out as with inept handling of a boomerang.
  18. Yazevdvailitri
    Yazevdvailitri 5 September 2013 23: 12 New
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    catch it by your states, it’s more convenient to explore it on the earth
  19. Cormorants
    Cormorants 6 September 2013 07: 28 New
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    It seems to me nothing special they will not find on an asteroid, as if the results of a study of meteorites that fell on Earth would be different from the results of a study of an asteroid in space. Although scientists know better.
    1. Beck
      Beck 6 September 2013 09: 55 New
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      Quote: Cormorants
      as if the results of a study of meteorites that fell on Earth would be different from the results of a study of an asteroid in space. Although scientists know better.


      Will be different. At least from the influence of such a factor as high temperature, when the body enters the atmosphere. At high temperatures, some factors and compositions change.
  20. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 8 November 2013 01: 37 New
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    Here I understand it drank dough of cosmic proportions! And this is against the backdrop of a severe crisis in the American economy. Although, maybe they are hoping to find gold there? :)