It sounds like something from science fiction, but it could happen by 2021, as NASA is planning on sending a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it by the moon. Senator Bill Nelson says the president has given the go ahead to bring a space rock closer to Earth so it can be studied.
This Friday, an asteroid known as DA 14, will pass very close to Earth, it’s expected to be within the orbit of the moon or 17,200 miles from earth. The moon is roughly 238,000 miles from Earth making DA 14’s is the closest passing of an asteroid ever recorded.
It’s long been thought that asteroids are rich in minerals and could be a source for water, in the form of ice, and could be rich in metals. A company in California, Deep Space Industries, has plans to inspect small asteroids as they pass earth for potential mining projects.