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Space: NASA's 2014 near-Earth project building momentum01:10

Space: NASA's 2014 near-Earth project building momentum

International Space Station, Space
August 23, 2013 at 20:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Space: NASA's 2014 near-Earth project building momentum

NASA released an animation Thursday, profiling a planned mission to capture and redirect asteroids. The images show a space crew being rocketed up on the Orion spacecraft to rendezvous with the relocated asteroid. The animation also shows the astronauts engaging in a space walk and the collection of samples.

The mission comes as part of President Barack Obama's 2014 budget for NASA. The aim is to come to greater understanding of near-Earth objects and to neutralise any threats to the planet.

The animation is part of a consolation process on how best to move forward in line with the NASA's goals. A team of engineers and scientists are working on alternatives, as are members of the public who have been encouraged to present ideas for mission planning.

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Space: NASA's 2014 near-Earth project building momentum

NASA released an animation Thursday, profiling a planned mission to capture and redirect asteroids. The images show a space crew being rocketed up on the Orion spacecraft to rendezvous with the relocated asteroid. The animation also shows the astronauts engaging in a space walk and the collection of samples.

The mission comes as part of President Barack Obama's 2014 budget for NASA. The aim is to come to greater understanding of near-Earth objects and to neutralise any threats to the planet.

The animation is part of a consolation process on how best to move forward in line with the NASA's goals. A team of engineers and scientists are working on alternatives, as are members of the public who have been encouraged to present ideas for mission planning.