When will mankind land on an asteroid?

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Offline Joe L. Ogan

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When will mankind land on an asteroid?
« on: 01/02/2010 20:19:40 »
When will mankind land on an asteroid?  What will be the objective?  Will we try to change its' course?  Will will we try to destroy it?  Will the landing be just to satisfy scientific curiosity?  Thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

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When will mankind land on an asteroid?
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2010 20:58:48 »
To be honest, in the short to mid term, I don't think there's much point in landing people on an asteroid.  Enough of the smaller ones land on Earth anyway, for scientific analysis, and if we wanted samples from larger ones then an unmanned probe could do the job more cheaply and more safely.

In the long term we may end up mining asteroids so it's possible that repair and maintenance missions might be needed on occasion.  In the very long term we might end up with people living inside the larger hollowed-out (mined-out?) asteroids.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!