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[i]"This is part of what will be a much broader program," Nelson said today, during a visit in Orlando. "The plan combines the science of mining an asteroid, along with developing ways to deflect one, along with providing a place to develop ways we can go to Mars."
Nelson said... President Obama favors it, as the president already has announced a goal of sending astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. This plan would advance that date by four years to 2021.
"It would be mankind's first attempt at modifying the heavens to enable the permanent settlement of humans in space," scientists have said in the feasibility study.[/i]
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