Save the World Plan: Scientists To Nudge Asteroid Off Course As Practice For Protecting The Earth (Video)

Written by on October 8, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Technology with 17 Comments

By Andrew Griffin |

Scientists are to send two spacecraft to knock an asteroid off course, as part of a practice for what they would do if a rock was threatening the future of humanity.

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The joint US-European Aida (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment) mission will send a small spacecraft to crash into the egg-shaped rock, known as Didymoon. That asteroid doesn’t pose any threat to us — and is far too small to do so — but the mission will be important test for whether our plans would work if we do eventually come at risk of civilisation being wiped out by a space rock.

The missions are set to be launched in October 2020. They are expected to reach Didymoon by May 2022.

Nasa will send one craft in a mission known as Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) mission. It will fire a probe to smack into the rock and see if it can throw it off course.

As well as the nudging probe, scientists will send another spacecraft — the European Space Agency’s Asteroid Impact Mission (Aim). That will fly around Didymoon watching for the effect of the Dart mission, as well as measuring the asteroid’s mass and density and putting a small lander on the asteroid itself to look at its insides.

“To protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts, we need to understand asteroids much better – what they are made of, their structure, origins and how they respond to collisions,” said Dr Patrick Michel, lead investigator for the European Space Agency half of the mission.

“Aida will be the first mission to study an asteroid binary system, as well as the first to test whether we can deflect an asteroid through an impact with a spacecraft. The European part of the mission… will study the structure of Didymoon and the orbit and rotation of the binary system, providing clues to its origin and evolution.

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  2.' Terry Henderson says:

    Scary, don’t let the military do it… Just scientists! Make sure you nudge away from earth… Just a thought…

  3.' Bepirštis Mindaugas says:

    dont do that. those rocks there are for the reason. they are part of a complex system and earth is part of it. if you touch one of them, the other will be affected as well. trust me. nothing is out there for no reason. everysmall rock counts. we are too stupid to understand, even science. this is not a laboratory. its a part of our universe.

  4.' Quezley Stitch Snipes says:

    If the technology to nudge a celestial body out of earths path is developed, then there are undoubtedly military minds that would use the same technology to nudge said body into Earths path to destroy enemy nations. I’m not saying we should let an asteroid ass rape our planet, but caution should be advised when developing this kind of functionality.

  5.' Paul Cumiskey says:

    Save humanity ??? Shit .. just send the politicians into space

  6.' Brian Glaus says:

    Oh shit we are all going to die

  7.' Randy Dockery says:

    If we change is course where will it be the next time it comes around?

  8.' P-jäy Ñërmâl says:

    If that happen.,just for a reason..

  9.' Victoria Reble says:

    Personally….I don’t believe a dang thing NASA says anymore.

  10.' JoeandKayleen Weverka says:

    Or……its actually happening and this is just a cover so we dont panic

  11.' Tom Stowe says:

    Didn’t get the memo: If it is not broken, leave it the hell alone.

  12.' Sami Winchester says:

    Just leave it be. Scientist have been discussing for years how awful these situations could turn out with Asteroids, and now they want to tamper with them. No…..And let’s say they are successful in some form. In the end, man will use what new knowledge they have, in order to commit even more crimes against humanity. Over the centuries, man has always used what knowledge they have to control other people with violence in some form.

  13.' Bryan W. Wilson says:

    ok get this ya move something you create an inbalance sae to what did not do any thing before one shifts that balance crap happens

  14.' Lynley Ruth Butt says:

    Hope they don’t knock themselves and our own planet up just trying and failing to do that which they see is needful. Better run it by with many computer models to see various possible scenario outcomes and vagaries first!

  15.' Jay Tee says:

    What if they knock it into us

  16.' Antonio Smith says:

    That’s so fucking stupid

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