Asteroid deflection, kinetic impact

Asteroid deflection, kinetic impact

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This image is part of the feature Killer Asteroid

Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Asteroid deflection. Artwork of an unmanned spacecraft approaching an asteroid. The spacecraft will collide with the asteroid to change momentum and deflect the asteroid away from an Earth-bound trajectory. This is known as kinetic impactor deflection. Asteroids are minor planets with diameters of less than 100 kilometres. A collision with Earth would cause massive tsunamis if it hit the oceans and block sunlight due to the huge quantities of dust thrown in to the stratosphere. It is thought that the extinction of the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago was caused by an asteroid impact. An asteroid, comet or other large body posing a danger to Earth is known as a Near- Earth Object (NEO).

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