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ESA to Crash Unmanned Spacecraft into Asteroid

posted: 04/02/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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From Discovery News

What better way to understand how to deflect an incoming asteroid than to smash into one to see what happens?

This may sound like the storyline to a certain science fiction movie involving a team of oil drillers, but this is science fact, and Europe has started planning a mission to map a small target asteroid that NASA will attempt to shoot with a speeding spacecraft, no nukes required.

Yes, this will be the mother of all asteroid missions that will see the collaboration of international space agencies unite to tackle an ever-present global threat.

Click here for the full story from Discovery News

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