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Real -- space cowboys NASA wants to lasso an asteroid I'm not kidding here the details coming out.
When he proposed his 2014.
-- this animation showing their newest mission to capture space rock -- -- through the solar system.
And a -- shroud around it and sock it away.
-- Powell is editor at large for Discover Magazine issue court.
So it strikes me incredibly risky -- -- think it'd be done.
Welcome they've been studies about this and there's a lot of theory about this.
We don't really -- -- can be done that and that's actually what's really exciting about it is that this is probably the most visionary thing that NASA's proposed in the last.
Decade maybe even two decades of really pushing the boundaries of what.
Technology can do.
And he saw the animation we've got an idea he basically.
That giant glad bag around it strap a rocket to it stopped them stopped -- troops and spinning and bringing it.
Back toward the earth here.
It you know all the pieces of those technologies exist at least in principle but actually doing it.
Phenomenally difficult it would also use -- solar electric propulsion.
Right and that's that's also very interesting technology that that technology exists we actually have a couple spacecraft -- -- -- a number of commercial satellites use it we've never.
Used it to do anything like this it gets rid of it gets rid of chemical rockets into that -- -- like the big fire breathing rocket that took us to the moon.
Instead it uses a very very slow steady thrust using solar energy turning it directly into propulsion to very efficient way to -- -- In addition to obviously avoiding.
And impact -- Could this also help us worried about the universe.
Well yes that's them and that's the other exciting part is a very pragmatic thing which is you don't -- -- get hit by space rock.
But these these space -- these these small asteroids.
These are leftover pieces from the formation the solar system these are that the Lego blocks that that plants were built out of if you could actually get your hands someone bring it close to earth study in detail.
We learn all kinds of things about about our own origin about where they Earth's nearest the -- -- came from.
-- now good to see you as always thanks very much fabulous -- thank you.
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