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NASA has unveiled an ambitious plan to send astronauts to an asteroid, and it involves a lasso. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who was an astronaut himself, told reporters on Friday about the plan, which President Obama has set aside $100 million for, notes The Associated Press. The plan features a robotic spaceship lassoing a 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. That would bring it close enough to the earth to allow astronauts to use an Orion capsule to approach the rock in 2021. continue reading »
Russian authorities estimate that the meteor that entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded in the sky over the Ural Mountains region caused more than $30 million in damage. continue reading »
Asteroid 2012 DA14 came within 27,000 kilometers (17,200) of Earth at 1924 GMT Friday, just hours after nearly 1,000 people were injured when a meteorite exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains. continue reading »
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closer to Earth than any previous object of its size during a Feb. 15 fly-by, but the space rock poses no danger to the planet, NASA said. continue reading »