Asteroid Prevention Saves Earth

There are plenty of asteroids that come close to Earth, however, most of the time they do not come within sight of the planet or close enough to do any damage. Based on current projections, in 2022 there will be a set of asteroids called the Didymos asteroids that will be heading towards our planet. They will come close enough to be within 11 million miles of our planet.

NASA and ESA Team Up

NASA and ESA are the most prominent space investigation organizations that we have on our planet. They are both teaming up in order to stop the Didymos asteroids, as seen at ESA, from coming any closer to our planet. The idea is also to test out some of their equipment to see what happens when they try to destroy one.

In order to stop the Didymos asteroids, both NASA and ESA have been working on what they are calling the Asteroid Impact Mission. The objective of this mission is to come up with effective defense methods so that no future threats can get close enough to hurt our beloved planet.

Stopping the Didymos Asteroids

The current plans for stopping the Didymos asteroids involve locating and mapping out the home asteroid, Didymoon, and then sending a ship there to stop the asteroids from ever coming in the first place. Once sufficient information has been gathered on the asteroid to be of use to further asteroid issues that may present themselves, the DART will be sent in to make a direct crash on the home asteroid.

NASA will be sending out its DART or Double Asteroid Reduction Test which will contain a probe that will destroy the asteroid. The objective in all of this is to protect our planet first and foremost, but also to begin to understand more about asteroids and how to deal with them properly.

Protecting Our Planet’s Future

When it comes to protecting our dear planet Earth’s future, NASA and ESA are both fully committed to finding out crucial information so that no asteroid threat will be able to harm us. They are determined to use this opportunity to study everything they can about the asteroids, from their size and shape to finding out how much force it takes to stop one.

This particular mission will be the first time that people actually make a huge impact on the solar system. It will be very intriguing to see what else NASA and ESA come up with over the next few years to help with their initial asteroid prevention efforts.

The objective with all of this is to help not only understand the general details of asteroids but also to use the results of the DART crash and the ESA’s landing pod to help gather crucial information and data to help scientists further understand how asteroids work. For safety reasons, NASA and ESA are both cooperating to change Didymoon’s orbit. This well help to boost the efforts to stop the Didymos asteroids.

In order to stop the Didymos asteroids, as seen at NASA, it will take a lot of force and energy. Fortunately, NASA and ESA are more than equipped to handle this particular task and will ensure the safety of our planet for many more years to come.

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