Can an asteroid be captured into Earth's orbit

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Well wondering if a speeding asteroid can be slowed down and captured into Earth's orbit and exploited for resources. The other day I read about an asteroid exploitation plan by some company. We inviolable with current technology can talk only about a nuclear explosion to slow it but a direct impact will fragment it. Can a nuke exploded at a precise moment in the asteroids potential path so that the shock slows the asteroid which then gets captured into our orbit for exploitation.
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

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    Crashing it into the moon or mining it away from Earth maybe a better idea?
     

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