Thursday, October 27, 2011

NASA, Plans to Land Astronauts on Asteroid, Why

Who Knew, NASA's Training Astronauts to Land on an Asteroid


I have never been one to fear-monger or scream the sky is falling but what in the world is NASA doing landing on an asteroid. Wouldn't you think we would master going to the moon a few times before we would attempt to land on an object traveling through space at 108,000 kph.  The media, both print and film are full of stories about how the dinosaurs died and what would happen to mankind if a large asteroid hit the earth. Does NASA know something they are not telling us.
Richard


"The practice run aimed to help astronauts figure out how they would get around on a near gravity-free asteroid, a trip President Barack Obama has said could happen by 2025."

(R-L) Shannon Walker, Steve Squyres, 

David Saint-Jacques and Takuya Onishi (AFP/NASA/HO/File)

The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team climbed aboard support boats that were waiting at the surface and they were expected to be on dry land by 9:00 am (1300 GMT).
The crew includes Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, commander Shannon Walker of NASA, and Steve Squyres, an expert on planetary exploration at Cornell University in New York.

They were about midway through a 13-day mission at the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, the only undersea lab of its kind in the world located three miles (4.5 kilometers) off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

The practice run aimed to help astronauts figure out how they would get around on a near gravity-free asteroid, a trip President Barack Obama has said could happen by 2025.

Hurricane Rina, packing winds of 110 miles (175 kilometers) per hour, was forecast to become a major category three storm before making landfall near the sprawling resort city of Cancun on Thursday.



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