By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 40-foot (12-meter) asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. They just published six papers detailing this historic mission, crucial for humanity's…
U.S. companies are eyeing asteroids as the next frontier in lucrative mining ventures. But, they say, their plans are stymied by the vague status of private ownership in space. Earlier this summer, members of Congress introduced a bill to protect property rights for commercial exploitation of asteroids. Is that legal?
It's not quite Armageddon but NASA revealed a concept video animation detailing how NASA would find, capture, re-direct and study a near-Earth asteroid. In the animation by NASA, you can see a crew of astronauts taking off on the Orion spacecraft and using the Moon to swing onto the captured asteroid.