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Finally some nice space science action; Crashing into asteroid
04-03-2015, 11:02 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Craft to be sent crashing into an asteroid at 14,000mph to try and alter its course

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...ourse.html

The mission will take place in two parts, and this month marked the start of preliminary design work on ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission, or AIM.

Intended to demonstrate technologies for future deep-space missions, AIM will also be the Agency's very first investigation of planetary defence techniques.

Launched in October 2020, AIM will travel to a binary asteroid system – the paired Didymos asteroids, which will come a comparatively close 11 million km to Earth in 2022.

The 800 m-diameter main body is orbited by a 170 m moon, informally called 'Didymoon'.

This smaller body is AIM's focus: the spacecraft will perform high-resolution visual, thermal and radar mapping of the moon to build detailed maps of its surface and interior structure.

AIM will also put down a lander – ESA's first touchdown on a small body since Rosetta's Philae landed on a comet last November.

Two or more CubeSats will also be dispatched from the mothership to gather other scientific data in the vicinity of the moon.

Didymoon lol.gif Sounds like a rapper

04-03-2015, 11:32 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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What I am concerned about is, once they alter its course, where does that take it? It could still swing around a large object and come right back at us. They really don't know what they are doing, do they? Or send it into the asteroid belt and cause a domino effect havoc there and maybe send some of those our way?
04-03-2015, 11:35 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,270 Threads:1,556 Joined:Feb 2011
Nope. That's why they have to keep exploding shit and crashing into things to see what happens. It's rocket science.

04-03-2015, 11:43 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:14,982 Threads:443 Joined:Jun 2012

I guess we have no choice but to do whatever we can because some year (7 year span) within 2029-2036 perhaps in the month of April (13th) (a Friday), Apophis (size of the rose bowl) will pay us a visit. Friday the 13th blink.gif.
04-04-2015, 01:24 AM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:30,415 Threads:1,480 Joined:Feb 2011
A¨scary prospect. The thing is at some point we'll have to deflect one or everybody and everything will die.
God only knows how many times life started from scratch here.




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