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MIT gurus propose asteroid tether

Posted September 26, 2007 10:48 AM

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Filed under: Misc. GadgetsTaking a stroll across the moon is one thing, but trying to get your footing on an asteroid is apparently an entirely different beast. Due to the low gravity and granular covering present on such space rocks, the professionals have been unable to get up close and personal, but MIT researchers have devised a method for roping one in so that astronauts can partake in "an in-depth exploration of its composition." Essentially, a "lightweight rope" would be wrapped entirely around a given asteroid after being launched from a "remote-controlled rocket," which would then enable the space walkers to work on the delicate surface without too much fuss. Sounds like the perfect gizmo for the wannabe space cowboy, no?[Via CNET] Read | Permalink | Email this | CommentsOffice Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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09/26/2007 10:54 AM

Shhhhhh!

You don't want Bruce Willis to find out!

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09/26/2007 11:55 AM

Hey Stinky Pete,

ah, Can you hold onto this tether for a second.............

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09/27/2007 8:33 AM

Nah. Been caught out with that one before <cough>. When I want to go to Tilbury I jump on a train and hope the Ticket Inspector doesn't catch me instead.

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09/30/2007 5:02 AM

Well, you're about a year too late!

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09/27/2007 8:15 AM

This technology could go wrong. Dr. Evil will commandeer the craft and threaten to change the course of the asteroid and use it to destroy earth if we don't' pay him one quadrillion mega-dollars. Hee hee hee.

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09/27/2007 8:32 AM

Sounds like a Near Earth Asteriod Rodeo!

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