RUSSIA PLANS TO BIND SATELLITE TO APOPHIS ASTEROID

Sunday, 08 April 2012 15:57

Russia plans to send a satellite with a radio beacon to near-Earth asteroid of 99942 Apophis for finding out how big is a threat of its collision with Earth, the country’s Academy of Sciences said in its report on 7 April.

The asteroid is considered by the Russian scientists as the most serious threat to Earth as for now.

In 2029, Apophis will be at a distance of only about 36,000 miles to our planet, at the height of the orbits of geostationary satellites. The asteroid could change its orbit and cannon Earth in 2036.

The core target of the possible mission will be to clarify the exact trajectory of Apophis for up to 2036. The satellite will be equipped with a radioisotope power source with a buffer battery.

“From technical point of view the mission could be started for implementation from 2015,” the Academy said in the report.

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NASA to Hold Thursday Press Conference on Near-Earth Asteroids

Posted by Chris Monty on September 26th 2011 

NASA has just announced that it will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. GMT) to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and the potential implications for future research.

The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, launched in December of 2009, has thus far captured millions of pictures of galaxies and objects in space. During the press conference, panelists will discuss results from an enhancement of WISE called Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) that hunted for asteroids.

It is not yet known whether NASA will reveal further data on a near-earth asteroid that is scheduled to pass between the moon and Earth later this year.

The 1300-foot-wide 2005 YU55 asteroid will pass within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth on November 8, 2011.

Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program in Arizona, 2005 YU55 is believed to be a very dark, almost-perfectly-round object.

According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program: “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.”

While neither the European Space Agency (ESA) nor NASA have said that 2005 YU55 poses a threat to Earth, plans to develop a mission to counteract a potential asteroid collision in the future are already underway.

The ESA is planning to fire an “impactor” satellite into a “test” asteroid in 2015 to see if the object’s trajectory can be altered. The Agency is conducting the test mission due to the minimal threat posed to Earth by the 700-1100-foot-wide 99942 Apophis asteroid, which has a one-in-250,000 chance of impacting Earth in the year 2036.

via NASA to Hold Thursday Press Conference on Near-Earth Asteroids.

NASA to Hold Thursday Press Conference on Near-Earth Asteroids

Posted by Chris Monty on September 26th 2011

NASA has just announced that it will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. GMT) to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and the potential implications for future research.

The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, launched in December of 2009, has thus far captured millions of pictures of galaxies and objects in space. During the press conference, panelists will discuss results from an enhancement of WISE called Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) that hunted for asteroids.

It is not yet known whether NASA will reveal further data on a near-earth asteroid that is scheduled to pass between the moon and Earth later this year.

The 1300-foot-wide 2005 YU55 asteroid will pass within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth on November 8, 2011.

Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program in Arizona, 2005 YU55 is believed to be a very dark, almost-perfectly-round object.

According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program: “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.”

While neither the European Space Agency (ESA) nor NASA have said that 2005 YU55 poses a threat to Earth, plans to develop a mission to counteract a potential asteroid collision in the future are already underway.

The ESA is planning to fire an “impactor” satellite into a “test” asteroid in 2015 to see if the object’s trajectory can be altered. The Agency is conducting the test mission due to the minimal threat posed to Earth by the 700-1100-foot-wide 99942 Apophis asteroid, which has a one-in-250,000 chance of impacting Earth in the year 2036.

via NASA to Hold Thursday Press Conference on Near-Earth Asteroids.