NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission Might Never Get Off The Ground
The U.S. House of Representatives could pull all funding from NASA's plan to relocate a space rock to lunar orbit.By Evan Thomas | May 25, 2016
NASA has an ambitious plan to find an asteroid and bring part of it back to orbit around the moon.
But the latest U.S. House budget proposal would cut all of the mission's funding and effectively cancel the program. Lawmakers want NASA to focus on "the overarching mission to Mars" and say an asteroid rendezvous would be a detour.
To be fair, it's expensive: Presidential budgets earmarked $105 million for the task in 2014, and that's just the start. The original feasibility study from the Keck Institute at Caltech called for $2.6 billion over the lifetime of the mission.