Can you catch a falling star and put it in your pocket? Chinese scientists believe this is not impossible، as they plan to capture an asteroid and bring it down to Earth، as the Technical times said.
A group of astrophysicists has proposed an ambitious plan to take over a small near-Earth asteroid and transport it to Earth.
It may sound like it came straight from a science fiction novel، but the scientists believe taking an entire asteroid could provide an ample source of minerals of industrial and economic importance.
It could also improve current research into the origins of the solar system as well as the beginnings of water and life on Earth، while reducing the threat posed by near-Earth objects.
"Unlike missions to bring samples back، we aim to bring back a whole asteroid weighing several hundred tonnes، which could turn asteroids with a potential threat to Earth into usable resources،" says Li Mingtao، researcher at the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Li and his team advanced the idea at a contest for future technologies held in Shenzhen، south of Guangdong Province in China.
How does one capture an asteroid، even one that is smaller than the rest? The team proposes to design a spacecraft that can wield an enormous bag that can be used to carry the asteroid as it pushes it toward Earth.