Apparently NASA requires aid in capturing a fragment of an asteroid.
NASA wants to catch a piece of an asteroid and sent it into orbit around the moon. This is a pretty nifty arrangement yet it requires a helping hand from the other private space agencies.
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NASA announced that in the days to come, it will release the Asteroid Redirect Mission Umbrella for Partnerships (ARM-UP)Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). NASA, as everyone knows, is famous for its abbreviations and acronyms. There are plenty of those it creates on a regular basis.
NASA will be offering various companies the opportunity of providing equipment for its mission. A robotic spacecraft will be sent to an asteroid. The date for this is still far away (2021 is the expected time frame in the future).
This robot will get a hold of a primordial multi-ton mass. That would be a boulder which would then be pulled into the orbit of the moon. In 2026, NASA will be sending its astronauts to this asteroid fragment. They will then collect samples of its soil and rocks and bring them back to earth for analysis.
It is being labeled as a capability demonstration mission. Since both Congress and some scientists seem to have an aversion to such missions, NASA is seeking the active support of outside agencies that have a private nature.
NASA’s statement regarding what it wants from outside companies goes as follows: Systems and payloads aboard ARRM (Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission) will be set up.
There will be cooperation through an investigative team. Also finally the multi-ton boulder will be handled by the equipment lent by these worthy companies.
It is the hope of the staff members and administration of NASA that the samples brought back to our planet from this asteroid will help us figure out the way life evolved in our universe.
Also the usage of this asteroid fragment as raw material for resources is another direction that may have to be taken. The whole scenario almost reminds us of that epic film titled Armageddon starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler.
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Especially the theme song by Aerosmith “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” comes to mind. Such is the verve and positivity not to mention pro-activity that symbolizes this mission.