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If An Asteroid Was Heading For Earth, How Could We Stop it?

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NASA and ESA have a unique plan to slam a spacecraft into an asteroidheres why.
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Agencies around the world are working to bring samples of asteroids back to Earth, like NASAs Osiris-Rex and JAXAs Hayabusa-2, because bringing a piece back is like looking into a time capsule from the universe. BUT asteroids pose a serious threat to Earth. And ESA and NASA have a unique plan to combat that particular problem: theyre going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid.

But asteroids also post a serious threat to Earth and so ESA and NASA formed a scientific collaboration known as the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment, or AIDA, to combat this potential problem. The collab consists of two missions: NASAs Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, and ESAs Hera Probe.

DART will smash into an asteroid in 2022 helping the AIDA mission study how effective a kinetic impactor would be in asteroid deflection and then four years later the Hera probe will arrive to do some assessments.

Find out more about the ins and outs of this space collaboration in this Countdown to Launch.

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