Comments on 'Plymouth Rock' Human Mission To Asteroids
We've been to the moon, and we know what it's made of. Let's go to asteroids and look for other things we will need. (Read
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|"What we really need is to add a self-contained ionic (or VASIMIR or similar high-Isp thruster) to this mission, and leave it on the asteroid. Use it to alter it's orbit into a capture orbit around the Earth (or one of it's Lagrange points). Now we have a big chunk of raw materials to build orbital infrastructure from, without needing to ship thousands of tons up the Earth's gravity well."
( 12/2/2009 3:11:39 AM)
|"For the record, in the Heinlein quote, the instrument with the double cross-hairs is called a Filar Micromenter.
(Winchell Chung 12/2/2009 7:22:10 AM)
|"The AsterAnts program looked interesting, and a lot cheaper, for collecting useful asteroids."
(Ashley 12/3/2009 7:24:36 PM)
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