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April 12, 2013

Boldly not going where man has gone before


That’s right. They’re going to lasso an asteroid and park it next to the moon so they can mess with it.

There’s plenty here to get excited about. Even Bolden sounded perky when he described it as “an unprecedented technological feat that will lead to new scientific discoveries and technological capabilities and help protect our home planet” (from the space bison, probably).

We won’t get into the technical details of how this feat will be achieved. Let’s just say it involves a “gravity slingshot boost,” which “Star Trek” fans know is a warning sign that the mission may involve accidental time travel.

Kidding aside, it’s always amazing to contemplate the vastness of space and the wealth of discovery that yet lies before us. And who knows? Those man-bats may have been waiting for us all along on the asteroid next door.




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