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President Barack Obama set a lofty next goal this week for Americans in space: Visiting an asteroid by 2025. But reaching a space rock in a mere 15 years is a daunting mission, and one that might also carry the ultimate safety of the planet on its shoulders.
"It is probably the hardest thing we can do because the asteroid is not coming on a schedule," NASA chief Charles Bolden told reporters late Thursday after Obama announced his space vision.
And when a specific asteroid is eventually selected, the window to launch a spaceship toward it will be much less forgiving than the windo
Originally posted by Truth1000
Keyhole satellites were early intelligence-gathering technologlies, far inferior to any suggested possible use for this purpose.
The challenge of this scenario is not going to be solved with any single breakthrough. It will require the coordination of many agencies and will be completely dependent on the technical breakthroughs not yet present. We are, however, coming to grips with what the actual requirements would be to do this job. Still, there are tremendous differences of opinions between those scientists who are working so hard to develop an answer to this problem. The severity of requirments for such a task will keep this beyond our reach for another 10-20 years, if we are lucky.
If any type of scenario develops in the mean time, prepare tp bend over and grab your ankles.