March 26, 2011
New NASA Craft Developed which could land on Asteroids
NASA is now in the process of creating a creating a new spacecraft, Orion, which can be used to land on asteroids. On this spacecraft, there is "a module for crew and cargo, a service module for propulsion, electrical power and other requirements, and a launch-abort system to carry the capsule to safety if the booster rocket fails." While it was originally meant to transfer astronauts to the moon, after President Obama's funding cuts, it is only used to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station. However, NASA understands Orion's potential to be able to land astronauts on asteroids by 2019.
I am very excited by this news because if we can get astronauts onto asteroids, we can do proper tests on them to see how many organic molecules are present and whether or not we can attribute our plethora of organic molecules to these foreign bodies. Fortunately, NASA continues to show that Orion will be a successful spacecraft.
Here's the link to the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1368732/Test-version-Nasa-Orion-craft-built-given-new-lease-life-Space-Station-docking-vehicle.html
Posted by jeffkong at March 26, 2011 03:29 PM
I also agree that this is very exciting considering if we are able to land on asteroids and collect samples, it will be able to provide us with more evidence with whether life could have originated on asteroids and was later transported onto Earth through impacts. This spacecraft could be the most important thing we send into space and we might even find out that life didn't even originate on our own planet.
Posted by: schultka at March 29, 2011 01:13 AM
This is pretty interesting. I also think that a spacecraft like Orion is imperative in understanding our universe better. However, the article brings up the pressing issue of funding. I believe that this is inhibiting major developments in most fields of education, especially in one such as astronomy which requires expensive machinery.
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