By Steven Siceloff
Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center will have a leading role in NASA’s plans to capture an asteroid and launch astronauts to explore it, the center’s director told employees shortly before the agency’s 2014 budget proposal was released.
“It does everything that needs to be done as far as developing the technologies and the skills that we need for exploration beyond planet Earth,” said Bob Cabana, director of the Florida center. “Testing out our spacecraft on a real mission instead of a pure test flight I think is very exciting. The team here at Kennedy, we’re ready to get on board and make this happen. I’m very excited about this mission.”