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Monday, January 17, 2022

NASA’s asteroid delegation could stop coming troubles: Chris Hadfield

Key takeaways: 

  • Previous ISS commander states the mission could give a defence against asteroid hits.
  • Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says Power & Politics that if the mission works, the planetoid will now have a tool to possibly stop a catastrophic asteroid collision.

NASA’s asteroid mission to prevent further catastrophic collisions: 

A NASA satellite is on its way to break right into an asteroid.

The trial is meant to decide whether it’s likely to redirect an asteroid directed toward Earth.

It’s a plot right out of a Hollywood movie. Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield said CBC News Network’s Power & Politics delegation is worth trying.

“If we can just deflect an asteroid the tiniest bit when it’s millions of kilometres away, then it’s going to miss the Earth,” he stated.¬†Source – cbc.ca

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NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, began on Tuesday. The spacecraft is supposed to crash directly to the Dimorphos asteroid by September of the following year. 

If the mission works, Hadfield spoke, the world will have a way to stop a likely catastrophic asteroid collision.

“We’ll be able to see, over time, how much did we move it compared to where it would have been, versus where it’s going right now,” he stated.¬† Source – cbc.ca

“Once we’ve seen that, then we have identified a way for us as residents of planet Earth to protect our planet from any threatening asteroid in the future.” Source – cbc.ca

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