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Originally posted by Glassbender777
There is already a rock in Orbit, Its called the Moon. I just dont understand the reason for this, and why we cant just go back to the moon, if we are going to attempt to do this.
Originally posted by StareDad
I wonder if they will ask the world or just take it for granted they have the right to do something like this.
Originally posted by stirling
The right sized rock could be a continent killer or even a kill shot for earth....this is the quest for the ultimate size bomb is it?
A kinetic weapon like this would be unstoppable....
Another way that people are talking about is capturing an asteroid, literally capturing it and bringing it closer to Earth--- so that people could go back and forth to the asteroid, just like they go back and forth to the International Space Station. Only for safety reasons people are talking about a high lunar orbit for the asteroid, not an Earth orbit, so in the case of any crash the asteroid would hit the moon and not Earth.
As far as mineral composition, the goal is to mine for the highly valuable platinum metals so you're going to want a metal-rich asteroid. Asteroids are categorized by telescope observations of their surfaces tied with lab-based studies of meteorites that have fallen to Earth.