NASA seeks creativity for bid to put 500-Ton asteroid in moon’s orbit

National Post | News

The U.S. space agency is counting on private investors to help invent and manufacture new technologies to protect the Earth from stray asteroids.

Industry executives will be briefed today in Washington about the planned 2025 mission to put a 500 metric-ton asteroid in orbit around the moon, National Aeronautics and Space Administration chief Charles Bolden told reporters today in Vienna during a visit to the United Nations space agency.

“The technology isn’t developed yet,” Bolden said. “The things we’re trying to do are global issues bigger than any one nation can or should undertake.”

This came as NASA announced the “Asteroid Grand Challenge” to track all potential threats to the Earth.

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“NASA already is working to find asteroids that might be a threat to our planet, and while we have found 95 percent of the large asteroids near the Earth’s orbit, we need to find all those that might…

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