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Sunday, June 25, 2006

  536 good reasons to go to the asteroids rather than the moon

In terms of delta-v: there are presently 536 good reasons to go to the asteroids rather than the Moon. Some reasons are twice as good than the moon option.

It's also worth repeating the Deep Impact or Don Quijote missions 1920 times.

Two more reasons to chase the asteroids rather than the moon:

Asteroid 2004 XP14 passes within .0028906 AU of earth July 3rd. That's almost close enough to smell the wealth in it.

and.. The shuttle takes off July first. Nothing and no-one on board can get their heads out of LEO.

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