Nasa trains astronauts for asteroid mission

The first official British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake is being trained for a mission to land on an asteroid, it can be revealed.

It is a space mission straight from the Hollywood film Armageddon.

A team of astronauts are being trained to land on an asteroid to explore its surface, search for minerals and even learn the skills they may need to destroy it should one pose a threat to the Earth.

Nasa, the US space agency, is planning to send humans far further than they have ever been before to by making contact with an asteroid up to three million miles away by the end of the next decade.

It would take astronauts far beyond the current limit of human endeavour the Moon, which is 239,000 miles from Earth.

Travelling at around 50,000 miles per hour around the Sun with almost non-existent gravity due to their small size, landing safely on these space rocks will present a significant challenge.

Major Peake and five other astronauts will next month be sent to an underwater base off the coast of Florida where they will spend 12 days living 65 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate working in the difficult low gravity environment of an asteroid.

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Nasa trains astronauts for asteroid mission - Telegraph
Good idea. I dont see how anyone could call this mission a waste of money.

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