January 18, 2013

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Space agency to smash 660-pound spacecraft into near-Earth asteroid. “The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing to tackle a seemingly impossible task, the deflection of a near-Earth asteroid in 2022. The ESA will conduct a live test run on 65803 Didymos, which is 800 meters across. Unlike asteroid Apophis, 65803 Didymos is not an asteroid that’s likely to impact Earth, meaning that the ESA’s test run will not be an Armageddon-like effort to save mankind from impending doom. As DVICE points out, the ESA is simply going to attempt to alter the trajectory of a near-Earth asteroid to determine that if it had been on deadly collision course with Earth, the impact would have made it miss.”