DT Daily: NASA’s asteroid hunt, Bowie-Jagger remix, Nestle ponders instafood

NASA has revealed more about its ambitious plan to capture an asteroid in open space, park it next to the moon, and then send astronauts up to have a good look around.

The latest news on the mission reveals two possible scenarios. The first is to pick up a full-size asteroid, while the second is to collect a boulder-sized sample. Key technologies are to be refined in the meantime, and various rocks – up to around 10 meters in size – are being identified as candidates by the Spitzer space telescope. The mission is scheduled for 2019, while the final decision on which version of the plan the agency will follow will be made the year before.

Top NASA official Donald Yeomans makes the incredible mission sound a little too easy. He’s quoted as saying “You bag it, attach the solar propulsion module to de-spin it, and bring it back to where you want it.” Yeah, right, Don. If it was that simple, you wouldn’t have needed Bruce Willis to get us out of trouble back in ’98, now would you?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stagger home with Mick Jagger and David Bowie, after a night out drinking? Thanks to one YouTube creative genius, who has remixed the famous Dancing in the Streets music video, we’ve been given a good idea.

Instead of remixing it with new music, the audio track now features sounds you’d associate with the visuals, like the shuffle of feet, the snapping of fingers, and a great big belch from Jagger.

There’s no entourage, stretch limos, or gorgeous dancing girls here. Instead, we watch these two old rockers stumble down a dark, empty street – seemingly replaying the nights music in their heads – often needing to stop each other from falling down. It’s definitely less post-concert glam-rock glory and more post-straight shot session at the local dive bar. 

Nestle is developing the next stage of its popular Nespresso machines, which could deliver a personalized food supplement designed to give you just the right amount of nutrients and vitamins needed to live a healthy life. The project is codename Iron Man, and according to Nestle’s researchers, the goal is to eventually create a Nespresso-like device that brews up everything a body needs, much like the replicator from Star Trek.

The head of Nestle’s health division said the device could produce food at the press of a button, and added it could have the potential to become, “the next microwave in your kitchen.”

As exciting as that sounds, Nestle’s wonder machine is still five to ten years away from becoming reality, although we recently saw someone 3D print a raspberry, so who knows? 

You’re host today is Greg Nibler

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