The next year, NASA will spend $ 100 million to launch a new project, with which you plan to pull the asteroid into orbit the moon for further study and research.
This significant amount, it may become part of a federal program planned by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2014. The money will be spent on a project to study the asteroid, in which in 2021 will even be able to land astronauts on the space object.
April 5 Senator Bill Nelson said that this is part of a larger project, which will combine the drilling of the asteroid, the study of its trajectory and study its motion in space. This project will help scientists understand how to get to Mars.
The essence of NASA is to a robotic spacecraft to "catch" one of the asteroids that pass near Earth's orbit, and then drag to a stable orbit of the Moon. Then, in 2012, on board the capsule "Orion" send astronauts to an asteroid capsule and space rocket, on which it will be launched, currently under development.
This idea is similar to the project proposed in the past by researchers of the Institute of Space in Pasadena. "The experience gained from this expedition will help us in further space exploration: we will explore other near-Earth asteroids, the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, then the very planet Mars and the asteroid belt," — according to scientists at the Institute of Pasadena.
In fact, for the implementation of the project of NASA, the space will need much more money than originally claimed $ 100 million. According to recent reports, in order to pull a 500-ton asteroid to orbit the Moon, will need more than 2.5 billion dollars!
According to Senator Nelson, the Obama administration has a positive attitude to the project by the attraction of the asteroid. In 2010, the president urged NASA to send astronauts to near-Earth asteroid by 2025 and to Mars — by the middle of 2030h's.
However, news about the distribution of $ 100 million not surprise anyone, because in the last month, it was reported that NASA plans to get that amount by 2014.