Congress Tells NASA That There Will Be No Asteroid Retrieval Program
There appears to be little to no support for President Obamas $105 million Asteroid retrieval program in the United States Congress. The mission would allow an asteroid to be robotically captured and relocated to a location near our moon, where astronauts could then explore in relative safety.
A draft of a NASA authorization bill on its way through the House Science, Space and Technology Committee doesn’t include support for the mission.
A summary of the bill states:
“Continued commitment to develop the Space Launch System and Orion Crew Vehicle to return to the Moon and beyond, but no funding for an asteroid rendezvous mission.”
Many in congress would like NASA to focus its efforts on sending an American astronaut back to the moon where they would establish a base station and/or settlement.
The House Science space subcommittee has scheduled a June 19 hearing on the NASA Authorization Act of 2013.