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Old April 13 2013, 01:54 PM   #21
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Re: How does one "lasso" an asteroid?

gturner wrote: View Post
Yeah, a manned sample and return mission to lunar orbit? Why not just have the probe return with a coffee-can full of material and just splash-down with it? They multiplying the costs by a very large amount and pushing the schedule back to 2025.

I would think the only reason for sending a manned mission to the recovered asteroid is to do anything required to process it into useful materials, since any sampling could be done with a second probe tele-operated from Earth.

Why wouldn’t the original capturing device be made to collect samples and return to earth –something like escape pods?

Sending astronauts must have a sophisticated purpose that requires judgment a machine cannot yet make
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