Thursday, August 1, 2013

NASA Completes First Review of Asteroid-Capture Concepts!!

NASA has made its first internal review of ideas for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission, agency officials announced Wednesday (July 31). The review team, composed of NASA leaders from around the country, met Tuesday (July 30) to gauge the technical and programmatic aspects of different concepts proposed by researchers within the agency.

NASA will continue developing the most promising ideas to formulate a baseline asteroid-capture mission concept, officials said. "At this meeting, we engaged in the critically important work of examining initial concepts to meet the goal of asteroid retrieval and exploration," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot, who chaired the review at the agency's headquarters in Washington, said in a statement.

 "I was extremely proud of the teams and the progress they have made so far. I look forward to integrating the inputs as we develop the mission concept further."

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