Thursday, October 1, 2015
NASA and ESA Will Move A Small Moon By Slamming A Spacecraft Into It.
NASA and ESA Will Move A Small Moon By Slamming A Spacecraft Into It. HT: Popsci.
We've smashed into the moon, and bounced onto a comet, but a whole 17 years after Deep Impact and Armageddon debuted in 1998, we still haven't managed to change the course of an asteroid.
The mission is called AIDA (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment) and involves two different spacecraft.
The first, ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) will launch in 2020, and take two years to get to the asteroid Didymos. Once there, AIM will map Didymos and its small satellite, nicknamed "Didymoon."
Then AIM will move to a safe distance and deploy its own satellites to get an up-close-and-personal view of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft slamming into Didymoon in 2022. It will be watching to see how DART changes Didymoon's orbit around Didymos. Hmmm......Ever seen someone playing pool for the first time? Read the full story here.