Asteroid fly-bys could be NASA's Plan B

09/4/2009 | Space.com

Despite warnings that the U.S. is falling far short of the spending needed to return astronauts to the moon, sources say the Obama administration is not prepared to significantly boost NASA's budget for manned spaceflight. With a moon landing projected to require an additional $3 billion to $4 billion in annual spending, the administration reportedly is weighing alternative missions for astronauts outside low-earth orbit, including close fly-bys of asteroids.

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