NASA's planned mission to redirect an asteroid into orbit about the moon will go with "Option B" and retrieve a boulder off of an asteroid rather than bag a complete space rock. The decision will give NASA the opportunity to use the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to demonstrate deflecting an asteroid, as well as test out new capabilities needed to send astronauts deeper in space.
NASA will grab a boulder, rather than bag an asteroid, for astronauts to then explore near the moon, officials announced. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will launch a robotic probe in 2020 to test capabilities needed for future crewed missions into deep space.
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