Bill Nelson Now Back to Talking About Space Stuff: Wants NASA to Catch Asteroids
Florida Senator Bill Nelson finally got around to supporting gay marriage last night by penning a brief, sort-of-uncomfortable editorial for The Tampa Bay Times. Don't expect him to talk much more about it, though, because today he's gone back to talking about one of his favorite subjects: space shit!
Today he was talking about a plan in which NASA would literally catch an asteroid, haul it back to Earth, and then apparently do stuff to it that would help us one day start a permanent settlement somewhere out in the cosmos.
Nelson announced that NASA has asked for $100 million to be included in the federal budget proposal Barack Obama will unveil next week.
NASA's plan would then involve sending a craft into space that would catch an asteroid and bring it down into Earth's orbit.
Next, astronauts aboard America's Orion capsule, powered into space by a new monster rocket, would travel to the asteroid where there could be mining activities, research into ways of deflecting an asteroid from striking Earth, and testing to develop technology for a trip to deep space and Mars.
"This is part of what will be a much broader program," Nelson said today, during a visit in Orlando. "The plan combines the science of mining an asteroid, along with developing ways to deflect one, along with providing a place to develop ways we can go to Mars."
Sen. Spacesnakes believes that Obama will support the plan.
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