Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I guess my only question is "why?" Asteroids aren't terribly interesting, from a scientific point of view -- we already know the composition of most of them, and the only real value they have is in mineral mining sometime in the distant future.
Just IMO, but NASA's eyes should be on Mars 24/7.
I guess one reason is to calm those doomsday folks who fear an asteroid causing our destruction.