NASA might go where no one has gone before and try to moon the moon1/3/2013
NASA is reportedly mulling over plans to lasso an asteroid and force it to orbit the moon as its own little satellite. In the ultimate landscaping (or rather, spacescaping) project, researchers at California's Keck Institute for Space propose launching a slow-moving spacecraft, catching a space rock in a giant sack and hauling it back to the moon to place it in high lunar orbit. Why? To make it possible for astronauts to visit a near-Earth asteroid without traveling quite so far. The brainiacs at Keck estimate the whole plan should take a mere 10 years and cost a cool $2.6 billion. No word on how giving the moon a buddy would affect our ocean tides, let alone our horoscopes. [Source]
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Good idea or a waste of money?