Cowboys and astronauts: NASA requests money for ‘asteroid lasso’

So what if the space shuttle program is extinct? NASA has a whole new idea, and they’re asking for $105 million to make it happen. In their latest budget proposal, the space group asked for funding to build a device that will serve as a lasso of sorts for asteroids. Just like something straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, scientists want to be able to send rockets into the sky to wrangle up loose astronauts that would otherwise risk colliding with Earth.