So, it may not be a surprise that scientists at the European Space Agency have teamed up with NASA as part of a joint project to explore how the huge, dark balls of rock could be deflected if they were heading for our planet.
And as of Tuesday, ESA has now signed a $153.8 million contract with German space and technology group OHB, to cover the production of a spacecraft set to be called Hera, after the Greek goddess of marriage.
Hera will act alongside NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test, or DART – which is due to launch in June 2021.
DART will be set on a collision course with the Dimorphos asteroid satellite that orbits the larger Didymos asteroid, to test whether it would be possible to nudge objects that might be threatening Earth onto a safer path.
Hera will map the resulting impact crater and measure the asteroid’s mass – reaching the Didymos system in late 2026 for a six-month survey.
If the NASA mission succeeds, ESA said it would be the first celestial body to be deliberately shifted by a human craft.
Director of Technology for ESA, Franco Ongaro, says although asteroids aren’t an immediate threat, preventative measures should be put in place should they suddenly become one.
“Yes, it can be one in a million but if that one is tomorrow then you are in trouble. What we know is that it will happen again and it continuously happens. We get tons of material falling from the sky falling onto earth. Luckily three-quarters of the Earth is covered by water and a large part is also desert or ice, but that is luck. That is not a scientific way to approach the problem.”
Dimorphos has a diameter of almost 525 feet – which is about the width of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
ESA says that’s big enough to destroy an entire city if it were to hit Earth.
Its spacecraft, Hera, will only be the size of a desk, and should navigate autonomously around the asteroid while it collects data.
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SHOTLIST BRUSSELS, BELGIUMSEPTEMBER 16, 2020SOURCE: EBSRESTRICTIONS: NO RESALE 1. SOUNDBITE 1 – Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (female, English, 46 sec): “It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This a matter of law, trust and good faith. And that is not just me saying it. I remind you of the words of Margaret Thatcher. I quote: ‘Britain does not break Treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world, and bad for any future treaty on trade.’ End of quote. This was true then, and it is true today. ” ///———————————————————–AFP TEXT STORY: leadEU chief says Brexit deal ‘cannot be changed’ by lawBrussels, Sept 16, 2020 (AFP) – EU chief Ursula von der Leyen complained Wednesday that hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal are fading and warned Britain not to unilaterally modify the withdrawal deal.”With every day that passes, chances for a timely agreement do start to fade,” the president of the European Commission said in her annual State of the European Union address.”Negotiations are always difficult, and we are used to that… But talks have not progressed, as we would have wished. And that leaves us very little time.”Von der Leyen warned the attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to override parts of the withdrawal treaty he signed last year is illegal and unacceptable.”This withdrawal agreement took three years to negotiate,” she said. “And we worked relentlessly on it line by line word by word, and together we succeeded.”The result “guarantees our citizens rights, financial interests, the integrity of the single market and crucially, the Good Friday Agreement,” she said. The European Union and Britain “jointly agreed it was the best and only way to ensure peace on the island of Ireland. And we will never backtrack on that,” von der Leyen said.”And this agreement has been ratified by this house and by the House of Commons,” she told the European Parliament.”It cannot be unilaterally changed disregarded or misapplied. This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”dc/pdw/spm
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