Space & Innovation

We're Planning to Shoot an Asteroid to See What Happens

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

Published On 04/01/2015
9:47 PM EDT
The target for the international Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment mission, of which ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) is a part. | ESA–Science Office
Launched in October 2020, AIM will travel to a binary asteroid system – the paired Didymos asteroids, which will come a comparatively close 11 million km to Earth in 2022. The 800 m-diameter main body is orbited by a 170 m moon, informally called "Didymoon." | ESA–Science Office