This is a live feed of SpaceX?s Dragon capsule in low-Earth orbit approaching the International Space Station. The tactic is a crucial second step as SpaceX works to become the first private U.S. company to dock with the station.
Asteroids often arouse fear when they should really arouse fascination. Relics of the early Solar System, they contain clues to the formation of the planets. In 1966, a Northrop Space Laboratories engineer proposed a piloted flyby of the near-Earth asteroid Eros to prepare astronauts for Mars. Space historian David S. F. Portree describes this early plan for a manned asteroid mission.