Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Russia to kick asteroid.

The asteroid Apophis will have several close passes with Earth in the future, and even though astronomers calculate the chances of it hitting us to be very slim, the Russian Space Agency intends to make sure the chances are none.  It plans to deflect the asteroid so that it won't come anywhere near Earth, and will invite NASA and the European Space Agency to join the project.  By planning ahead and using Apophis as a test case for an asteroid deflection system, we would prepared for when an asteroid is an actual threat, instead of having to scramble to deal with short notice threats as in the movies.
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