Plan to Crash Spacecraft into Asteroid
A meteor strike in Russia earlier this month is leading to a big project.
The Washington Post reports that researchers from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory are preparing to crash a spacecraft into a far-flung asteroid to prove that incoming objects from space can be knocked from their path.
The decade-long, $350 million project will allow them to propel a rocket into the asteroid Didymos as it passes close to Earth.
It would be the first time an asteroid is knocked off course by human intervention, if it’s successful.
When the Russia meteor strike happened Feb. 15, more than 1,000 people were injured, including more than 200 children. Many of them were hit by flying glass.