Posted By LambChop
Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R—TX): “While getting points for creativity, a proposed NASA mission to ‘lasso’ an asteroid and drag it to the Moon’s orbit will require serious deliberation. Seemingly out of the blue, this mission has never been evaluated or recommended by the scientific community and has not received the scrutiny that a normal program would undergo.”
NASA seems to have found something to do other than Muslim outreach. Apparently the Obama administration wants to go to the moon. Again. I guess being from Kenya, Obama missed all that pesky space race stuff from the 1950s and 1960s.
This time however, we get to play cowboy (no "indians" because that is racist) and lasso an asteroid.
NASA unveiled a $17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 today that includes asking for funds for a new mission to tow capture, tow and park a small asteroid in the moon’s orbit by year 2025. The mission is for a manned space mission back to the moon to explore the space rock – part of Obama’s 1961 …..er…2013 space agenda.
The proposed NASA budget is part of President Barack Obama's 2014 federal budget request and would restore the U.S. space agency's funding back near its 2012 levels.
"We are developing a first-ever mission to identify, capture and relocate and asteroid," NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a statement. "This mission represents an unprecedented technological feat that will lead to new scientific discoveries and technological capabilities and help protect our home planet. This asteroid initiative brings together the best of NASA’s science, technology and human exploration efforts to achieve the president’s goal of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025."
This is not a parody from The Onion, I swear.