Also, by combining the efforts of two independent spacecraft, the quality of the mission will be greatly increased. "Both missions become better when put together - getting much more out of the overall investment," said Andrés Gálvez, ESA AIDA mission manager. "And the vast amounts of data coming from the joint mission should help to validate various theories, such as our impact modelling."
However, the details of the mission have yet to be finalized, so AIDA scientists are asking for suggestions as to how to better develop the mission. A formal call for AIDA experiment proposals will be made via the ESA's Near Earth Objects website on Feb 1, 2013.
If I didn't know better, I'd suggest strapping a nuclear warhead to the DART impactor... but that would breach some pretty heavy space treaties, so I won't be submitting a formal proposal. What would you suggest to the AIDA team?
Image: Artist impression of the AIDA mission. Credit: ESA