WORLD ASTEROID DAY PLAN

Asteroid

World Asteroid Day plans to work together to protect Earth from collisions. A scientist hopes to send a spacecraft to a small asteroid to develop methods of protecting our world from near-Earth objects has said it is crucial for scientists around the world to work together to address the threat of asteroids. The Asteroid Impact Mission looks to ‘deflect asteroids’ from hitting the earth and causing damages. Professor Ian Carnelli said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and we should do it” to save mankind and planet earth. Speaking on World Asteroid Day, aims to increase awareness of asteroids and extra-terrestrial objects, the European Space Agency’s Professor Ian Carnelli issued an appeal for British companies to invest in the candidate mission. He said: “We all agree this is an example of good background work and we need to take threats seriously and do something about it. “It is really the natural threat we can predict and possibly prevent so I think it is a no-brainer really.” Asteroid collision could be catastrophic for life on Earth. Professor Brian Cox will be leading the 48-hour broadcast to know if there is an asteroid on its way and how we can do something about it. “It also offers an excellent opportunity for the sort of international cooperation sadly lacking in the wider world. Mr Carnelli said he would been very keen to hear from British companies looking to invest in the projects, explaining: “We have British scientists involved but no investment from British industry.” Mr Carnelli is spearheading work on the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), which would see a satellite send to a binary asteroid system, consisting of Didymos, which is 800 metres in diameter, and a small, 170 metre object, informally known as the Didymoon.

Jan Woerner

ESA director Professor Jan Woerner will be at the event AIM, which Mr Carnelli hopes will launch in October 2020 assuming it gets ESA approval. It would take high resolution images of asteroids and attempt to build detailed maps of its surface and interior structure and beam it back to Earth. AIM would be Europe’s contribution to larger Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment Mission (AIDA), a collaboration between ESA and NASA. Four months after AIM, NASA would launch its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which would crash into the asteroid, with AIM then measuring how much its trajectory had been altered as a result. Late Professor Hawkins described asteroid collisions as one of the major threats to intelligent life in our universe.” An steroid event   saw an object most scientists believe was an asteroid explode in the skies above Siberia in 1908. Professor Brian Cox hosts a 48-hour global broadcast about asteroids and space. Featured guests include musician Peter Gabriel, former Queen guitarist, astrophysicist Brian May, Professor Richard Dawkins, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Professor Jan Woerner, director of the European Space Agency. Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones commented: “Asteroid Day is a great opportunity to invite the public to learn more about the hazard from near-Earth asteroids, to invite their support of international efforts to discover and head off rogue asteroids. “We study asteroids to protect Earth to protect valuable resources for future exploration toward Mars.” The World’s Asteroid Day team is planning to work together to protect the Earth from such collisions. A scientist hopes to send a spacecraft to a small asteroid to develop methods of protecting our world from near-Earth objects has said it is crucial for scientists around the world to work together to address threat of asteroids. The Asteroid Impact Mission looks to ‘deflect asteroids’ from hitting the earth and causing damages. Professor Ian Carnelli said, “This once-in-a-lifetime chance hopes to save mankind and planet earth and aims to increase awareness of asteroids and extra-terrestrial objects. The European Space Agency’s Professor Ian Carnelli issued an appeal for British companies to invest in the candidate mission. He said: “We all agree this is an example of good background work and we need to take threats seriously and do something about it. “It is really the natural threat we can predict and possibly prevent so I think it is a no-brainer really.” Asteroid collision could be catastrophic for life on Earth according to Professor Cox.

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox will be leading the 48-hour broadcast “Then if we know there is an asteroid on its way we can do something about it. “It also offers an excellent opportunity for the sort of international cooperation which is sadly lacking these days in the wider world.” Mr Carnelli said he would been keen to hear from British companies looking to invest in projects, explaining: “We have British scientists involved but no investment from British industry. Mr Carnelli is spearheading work on the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), which would see a satellite send to a binary asteroid system, consisting of Didymos, which is 800 metres in diameter, and a small, 170 metre object, informally known as the Didymoon. Collisions are major threats to intelligent life in the universe so International Asteroid Day, held on 110th anniversary of Tunguska event, that saw an object most scientists believe was an asteroid explode in the skies above Siberia in 1908. So Professor Brian Cox’s 48-hour global broadcast about asteroids and space featured guests include musician Peter Gabriel, former Queen guitarist, astrophysicist Brian May, Professor Richard Dawkins, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Professor Jan Woerner, director of the European Space Agency. Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones also commented: “Asteroid Day is a great opportunity to invite the public to learn more on hazard from near-Earth asteroids, and invite their support of international efforts to discover and head off rogue asteroids. “We study asteroids to protect Earth and to protect valuable resources for future exploration toward Mars.”

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