NASA launches spacecraft to STOP Earth-bound KILLER asteroid
NASA will launch a rocket to land on a giant space rock currently on collision course with EARTH.
Experts at the space agency have touted the asteroid to be potentially hazardous and even a threat to life as we know it.
The OSIRIS-Rex mission will blast off from Florida in September and is set to reach the asteroid dubbed Bennu in 2018.
The spacecraft will collect samples from the space rock which could pave the way for an asteroid mining industry, with some of them worth trillions of dollars because of their minerals which are scarce on Earth such as platinum.
It will also give vital information on how to deflect asteroids from their collision course with Earth.
Video Below: SEAN MARTIN for the Express reports, NASA will launch a rocket to land on a giant space rock currently on collision course with EARTH.Experts at the space agency have touted the asteroid to be potentially hazardous and even a threat to life as we know it.
Expert say there is a one in 2,500 chance this asteroid could come crashing into our planet in 160 years time, but this depends on the Yarkovsky effect.
The Yarkovsky effect is when an asteroid or celestial body changes its orbit due to small push from heat. Read More
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