Can an asteroid be diverted from Earth?
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) introduces the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission, which will test the feasibility of deflecting asteroids from our planet.
The scientists will explore whether an asteroid could be successfully diverted using a high-speed impact. After the NASA DART spacecraft impacts the smaller body of a double-asteroid system called Didymos, the HERA spacecraft will inspect the outcome.
HERA will also collect data from the interior and exterior structures of the asteroids to give scientists a better understanding of how they form in the solar system.
The video is part of the ESA’s Space in Videos series.
Video Credit: European Space Agency