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(AZCentral)   If you want to study an asteroid, all you need to do is lasso one with a robotic spaceship. This according to a US Senator   ( divider line
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2013-04-07 10:02:41 AM  
Orion capsule or Onion capsule?
2013-04-08 02:18:56 AM  

Albino Squid: The odd thing is not that Nelson said's that he's accurately describing what they are planning to do, per the quote from the head of the project. Though he describes it as a bag with a string rather than a lasso.

I think it would be a great thing to learn how to do. A lasso is the first step, but next we could indeed use something like a bag to mine, gather, and bring resources back to the earth in an effective manner.
2013-04-08 04:09:01 AM  

The Snow Dog: Mad_Radhu: The Snow Dog:

Dress rehearsal for an asteroid deflection mission. It's good to test out averting doomsday before you actually need to.

Some reason we can't do that robotically?

Computers still aren't at a point where they can 'decide' on actions completely independent of human input. I've only taken 1.5 semesters of programming and I see how limited they are in decision making; trust me, they're not who we want in charge if the big one heads towards us.
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