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+ - NASA defines how to deflect earth-bound asteroids

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "If the idea of somehow deflecting a giant asteroid headed for earth smacks of a science fiction movie, you'd be right — it was called Armageddon. And if you think NASA would like to make such a mission reality, you'd be right again. Despite testimony before congress last week that the space program's asteroid tracking program (yes they have one) is basically under budgeted for any new missions, one NASA scientist told a space conference this week how it might perform such a mission if it were able. A NASA scientist has proposed using the using the replacement to the space shuttle, known as the Crew Exploration Vehicle to land on a near-Earth asteroid. The CEV is due to make its maiden flight in 2014, with the eventual aim of ferrying astronauts to and from the Moon. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1254 4"

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