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End of the world plan: scientists to nudge asteroid off course as practice for protecting the Earth | Science | News | The Independent

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. The joint US-European Aida (Asteroid 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.

Source: End of the world plan: scientists to nudge asteroid off course as practice for protecting the Earth | Science | News | The Independent


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