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NASA’s mission to put humans on asteroid ‘revealed’ – will you still be alive?

According to scientists, living people today can see astronauts landing on an asteroid for the first time.

Researchers analyzed NASA budgets from the 1960s to gauge how likely a mission to the asteroid belt was within the next century.

They showed that, based on their estimates, the first crewed mission to an asteroid could happen in 2073.

The research was led by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and was published last week on the website Arxiv.

The team predicted the time frame when astronauts could land on a space rock on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and in the asteroid belt.

To do this, he observed how NASA’s budget has changed since the space agency was formed in 1958.

The researchers noted that several spikes in the amount of cash NASA had to burn corresponded to significant events over the years.

These included the initial year of the Apollo program in 1966 and the 2018 announcement of the Artemis project to return to the Moon.

Researchers led by Jonathan Jiang concluded that the overall trend is one of steady growth.

They also used historical data to predict how the technology might advance in the coming decades.

Before NASA can safely send astronauts on long-range missions to other planets, NASA will have to take many leaps and bounds.

The researchers concluded that a crewed mission to the asteroid could occur as early as 2073, while astronauts could land on Jupiter by 2103 and Saturn by 2132.

He wrote: “The results so far suggest the worlds of our Solar System, the only spectacle of light in the night sky in entire human history, will soon be within our grasp.

“Our model suggests that human landings on the Moon and worlds beyond Mars may be seen by many living people today.”

So far, NASA’s crewed missions have not progressed beyond the Apollo program, which last landed astronauts on the Moon 50 years ago.

The space agency has since launched dozens of people to the International Space Station about 250 miles above Earth.

It has several missions to distant asteroids for the foreseeable future, though none on board.

Last year, NASA launched a spacecraft that would hit an asteroid on a suicide mission that could one day help save the human race.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will collide with the space rock Dimorphos, 11 million miles from Earth, this summer.

The ambitious project – involving teams from NASA and the European Space Agency – is a test of technologies to prevent an Earth impact by a killer asteroid.

NASA also plans to send a space probe to the asteroid Psyche 16 to trace the origins of the Solar System.

Japan’s space agency successfully landed a spacecraft on the asteroid Ryugu in 2018 and collected samples that were returned to Earth.

This story originally appeared on Sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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