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Here’s How NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid

Don't worry — not because it's crashing towards earth


Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Animation. by mistersexybuzz

NASA has a special project of Bruce Willis proportions: It’s going to have astronauts redirect an asteroid. (Don’t worry, not because it’s plummeting towards earth—it’s for science.)

And the mission isn’t mere speculation. Although the project has been discussed for a while, NASA announced that it will pick an asteroid in 2019 and the spaceship is expected to launch in 2019. In the following years, astronauts will stalk and capture the asteroid, sending it off into a lunar orbit. You can see how NASA plans to pull it off in the above video.

Michael Bay literally cannot wait! Hopefully this will all be streaming, because, in the words of Aerosmith, “I don’t want to miss a thing.”

(h/t: The Verge)

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