Opinion | It will be a bumper year for big space launches to the Moon, Mars, and asteroids

Opinion It will be a bumper year for big

It will be a bumper year for big space launches to the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, including many staffed flights, but the real shocker is the number of satellites and spaceships being launched by private companies. Never mind Elon Musk’s twelve-thousand-small-satellite Starlink program, which is already becoming a traffic hazard after only 1,892 satellites have … Read more

NASA mission is set to launch and deliberately crash into an asteroid’s moon

NASA mission is set to launch and deliberately crash into

But the true test for this asteroid deflection technology will come in September 2022, when the spacecraft reaches its destination, to see how it impacts the motion of a near-Earth asteroid in space. Near-Earth objects are asteroids and comets with orbits that place them within 30 million miles (48 million kilometers) of Earth. Detecting the … Read more

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