Agency NASA and ESA will take the asteroid to ram in 2024
You probably do not know about it, but on June 30 in the world is considered a "Day of asteroids", and on this day prominent scientific figures trying to convey to space agencies and governments around the world the danger that these pose a mysterious celestial body. Clash of the planet with an asteroid the size of more than three kilometers away can lead to the complete destruction of human civilization. That is why the American agency NASA teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) project, which aims to clash purpose-built spacecraft to an asteroid in an attempt to change its speed and trajectory.
"This is a very important step for humanity, showing that we can protect our planet from future asteroid impacts," - said Andy Cheng, one of the NASA project managers.
The project, called AIDA (Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment) officially moved from the category of conceptual sketches to the realization phase. It consists of two separate components. First - this ESA mission called Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM). The second - NASA mission called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The essence of the AIDA is to send the spacecraft directly to a small near-Earth asteroid Didim about 800 meters in diameter and analyze the results of their collision. Scientists want to find out whether really using such a simple technique to reject an asteroid from its original trajectory and ultimately protect our planet from a collision with a large celestial bodies in the future.
ESA nearly refused to finance the project AIM last year in favor of the implementation of its next Mars mission. Back to the original plans have helped American colleagues from NASA, who have decided to continue working on a similar project DART. Asteroids are constantly faced with our planet, but among them are extremely rare large enough to cause serious damage to Earth. spacecraft and asteroid collision of Didim is tentatively scheduled for 2024, when the asteroid will fly close to our planet.