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NASA Sees Enthusiastic Response to Asteroid Call for Ideas

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information (RFI) on the agency’s asteroid initiative, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced Friday.

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Wackiest Missions That Never Happened (or Ended Badly)

The Titan Mare Explorer was proposed to be the first interplanetary “boat” to sail the methane seas of Titan. Like so many missions proposed and considered by NASA, it wasn’t to be. Image Credit: NASA

For every triumph, such as the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, there are any [...]

On @ The 90: How Mission to Capture Asteroid Could Change NASA

Could a new initiative proposed in the FY 2014 Budget Proposal make space exploration a highly profitable endeavor? Image Credit: NASA

In April 2010, President Obama announced a plan that, at the time, received a rather tepid response. This was the president’s announcement that NASA would conduct a mission to an asteroid. The plan, [...]

Historic Asteroid Mining To Return Space Resources To Global Economy

This false color image of the asteroid Eros illustrates the apparent density of the regulth on the surface. Red is the most dense material, while blue is less so and green pertains to uniform distribution of material. Such information derived from NEAR spacecraft images before it landed on the asteroid can provide compositional clues. [...]

Lunar Mining Data Sought, As LRO Finds Lost Moon Rover

 

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter sensor detects south polar temperature differences during the day (left) and at night where some areas were found to be nearly -400F below zero–colder than measured so far on Pluto. Photo Credit: NASA

The first extraterrestrial mining project will be announced today as part of a new commercial space company, [...]