Roscosmos to join NASA in asteroid capture mission

Moscow, April 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia’s space agency Roscosmos may join NASA’s ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and place it in high lunar orbit for exploration, its head Vladimir Popovkin said.

“[It is] a very interesting project, which NASA proposes to carry out jointly with Roscosmos specialists,” Popovkin told Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper.

“We could send a manned expedition to explore the asteroid or study it with probes,” he said.

The asteroid-retrieval mission was first proposed last year by the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

The project envisions capturing a 25-foot wide asteroid, weighing approximately 500 metric tonnes, in a giant draw-string bag and towing it to the Moon orbit.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

sd

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.