NASA Training Astronauts for Asteroid Mission

433 ErosThe mission would not occur until the 2020s, so we all can rest assured that no harbinger of doom is on the way …? As Richard Gray reports in the Telegraph:

It is a space mission straight from the Hollywood film Armageddon

A team of astronauts, however, have already started preparing for just such a mission. Among them is Major Tim Peake, a former British Army helicopter test pilot who is now the first official British astronaut with the European Space Agency.

Next month they will begin a training programme that will teach them how to operate vehicles, conduct spacewalks and gather samples on the surface of an asteroid.

While the primary goal of a mission to an asteroid will be scientific to learn more about their hostile environments, the skills needed to work on their surface could also prove invaluable should scientists discover one on a collision course with Earth…

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18 Comments on "NASA Training Astronauts for Asteroid Mission"

  1. Don’t be fooled, this is about asteroid mining. Once again public money is being spent to foster corporate profits, with the excuse that it has some scientific value.
    Go to Mars or go nowhere.

  2. Camron Wiltshire | May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am |

    “So, no, 2012 DA14 won’t strike us in 2013. But there is a remote possibility it will strike us in 2020, or later.”
    http://earthsky.org/space/asteroid-2012-da14-will-pass-very-close-to-earth-in-2013  

    Also remember Apophis (great name…) will be potentially drowning the West coast in the next 3  decades.   Also quite a few companies recently jumped into the asteroid mining race…. perhaps there is more than meets the eye…

    • Apophis’ flybys are all on my birthdays in different years. Boy do I feel lucky.

  3. How dare they spend my tax dollars on this when it could be spent on murdering brown people.

    • Don’t you worry! In a few generations their research will lead to a whole new way of murdering brown people. What other reason would they be going up there for?

  4. Anarchy Pony | May 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    Where’s the Space Defense Front when you need them? Fighting for equal benefit for all peoples from the bounty of space exploration, not allowing to the first world to claim all gains for themselves and using it to maintain their hegemony.
    Jin knows what I’m talking about.

    • Jin The Ninja | May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm |

      I support El Tanika, and in fact all 3rd world countries to share equally in the resources and profits of space exploration. and of course i am highly critical of INTO, and how effectively they disenfranchised non G8 countries from contributing or being able to take part in the VON BRAUN mission.

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