Washington/Brussels: Considering the growing threat of asteroids striking the earth, rapid preparations have been initiated to stop its impact if the need arose. The US space agency, NASA and the European Union’s European Space Agency, ESA have collaborated for the project. Sources from both the agencies have informed that the first Planetary Defence Mission would be launched in the next three years.
New information on aliens, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), deep space and mining resources in the space is consistently being discovered. The US Navy has only recently confirmed the reports on UFOs that may have originated from other planetary systems. Also, last week, the highly secret Area 51, which is believed to be linked with aliens, and is located in Nevada, in the US, had come into the limelight. The mystery surrounding the matter was heightened when the US Air Force chief said that certain things needed to be kept confidential and the government reserved the right to do so.
On the sidelines of the developments, the moves being made for defending the earth against the asteroids, space rocks that are on a collision course with our planet, become significant. NASA has repeatedly warned that asteroids, as well as other space objects, could strike the earth. Also, fears were voiced over some of the impacts turning catastrophic. It, therefore, becomes crucial to initiate preparations to protect the planet against such events and the planned NASA-ESA mission becomes an important step, in that direction.
With the prime objective of protecting the earth from the impact of space rocks and asteroids, the mission was planned and named as the ‘Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment’ (AIDA). As part of AIDA, NASA and ESA would launch two satellite systems in the next three years. The NASA mission is known as DART – Double Asteroid Redirection Test while ESA’s system has been named HERA.
The ‘Didymos B’ near-earth asteroid is the target in the unique mission. NASA’s DART system is believed would be launched in the year 2021 and would engage in the target in 2022. As per sources, the ESA’s Hera craft would then be launched onto the asteroid. The officials associated with the mission informed that an independent satellite would also be put into orbit to study the progress of the mission.
A few months ago, the Japanese space agency had completed the mission to land a spacecraft on an asteroid, which was considered likely to move closer to the earth.