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NASA Wants to Park an Asteroid Near the Moon by 2021

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.

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This Giant Asteroid Is Barely Going to Miss Earth on Friday

Seventeen-thousand miles might not sound particularly close at first listen, but when it comes to a gigantic rock the size of half a football field, it's a bit scarier.

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DA 14 Asteroid Passing Within 17,000 Miles of Earth This Friday

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. 

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Deep Space Industries Hopes to Mine Asteroids by 2015

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.

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