NASA wants to identify an interesting asteroid in deep space, figure out a way to capture the spinning and hard-to-grab orb, nudge it into our planetary region, and set it into orbit around the moon
“The capture would be performed robotically, and the relocated asteroid would become a destination for astronauts to explore—and, possibly, for space entrepreneurs to mine.
The idea may sound more like science fiction than national policy, but it actually fits in with key goals of the Obama administration and the space community.
Those goals include learning how to identify asteroids heading toward us and to change their course, finding destinations for astronauts to go as they try to learn how to make the longer trip to Mars, and looking for opportunities for space investors.”
Today in the Atlantic ocean
Jeff Bezos’ group Bezos Expeditions recovered rocket engines from NASA Apollo missions, using remote-control submarines at depths of over 14,000 ft.
“I didn’t get into space or transportation or solar because I saw them as good [investment] opportunities. I saw them as places where something needed to be done.”
Elon Musk, SXSW
NASA has now mapped every single square inch of Mercury.