July 3, 2017
But now the space agency has come up with a more solid response – a mission to knock potential doomsday asteroids onto less-threatening flight paths, The Register reports.
The ART – Double Asteroid Redirection Test – has been okayed for the preliminary design phase, ahead of a potential launch next decade.
NASA hopes to test the system on a small asteroid Didymos, part of a binary system of asteroids orbiting each other.
The idea is that the fridge-sized DART spacecraft will hit the asteroid faster than a bullet – and change its orbit.
The idea is that – if intercepted early enough – even a tiny change in an asteroid’s flight path would be enough to save Earth from impending disaster.
This article was posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 at 6:41 am