This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Asteroid gravitational tractor

Asteroid gravitational tractor

R310/0109

Rights Managed

This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any query.

Credit

DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Asteroid gravitational tractor. Artwork of a gravitational tractor hovering over an asteroid. The gravitational attraction between the large spacecraft and the asteroid would slowly pull the asteroid on to a different trajectory. The method is slow, but not affected by asteroid composition or spin rate. 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).

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

 {{ i.shot_duration ? i.shot_duration + ' ' : '' }}{{ i.shot_uhd ? '4K ' : i.hires ? 'HD ' : '' }}{{ i.spl_number }} R{{ i.license }}

  • Add to board
  • Similar {{ mediaType(i) }}