JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — NASA is getting the public involved in the agency’s initiative to lasso an asteroid and bring it closer to Earth for manned exploration and further study.

The agency will host a three-day workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston to take a closer look at 96 ideas related to the capture and relocation of an asteroid, the threat of near-Earth asteroids and other topics. 

The workshop, featuring discussion from NASA scientists, representatives from the space industry and other organizations, will be broadcast live on the agency’s website from Monday to Wednesday.

The 96 ideas up for discussion stem from a request for information NASA sent out that saw responses from private companies, universities and other international groups.

Ideas and suggestions from individuals will also be considered for the initiative, for the first time in the space agency’s history.

NASA’s asteroid initiative is a key aspect of the agency’s 2014 budget — the agency hopes to bring an asteroid closer to Earth for study.

Attendance to the workshop will be limited to registered presenters and invited experts, but the public is being encouraged to provide input and follow along online.

A full schedule and information on how to interact with the workshop online are available.

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