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Sending astronauts to asteroids

A computer-generated of an asteroid on collision course with Earth

NASA is not planning to send any more space ships to the Moon or Mars for the time being but they are thinking of sending astronauts to asteroids.

Astronomer Dr Heather Couper explains why NASA has decided to take this route in space exploration.

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