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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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