The asteroid 65803 Didimos derives its name from the Greek word for twin. The 775-meter space rock is surrounded by a smaller lunar width of 160 meters and is classified by NASA as a potential hazard. However, NASA has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to fight its potential to crash on Earth.
In November, European space ministers are ready to support the HERA project – humanity's first mission to orbit a double asteroid and send two smaller drones – named CubeSats – in an attempt to figure out how to deflect it.
Astrophysicist and queen guitarist Brian May revealed plans during a promotional video on his YouTube last month.
He says: "HERA is led by a multinational team of scientists and engineers, creators and activists of humanity.
"At the moment, all we have is many years of research and theories, but HERA will revolutionize our understanding of asteroids and how to prevent them.
"First, NASA will strike its DART spacecraft in the smaller asteroid by more than six kilometers per second.
"Then ESA enters. "
Dr May, who received his PhD in Astrophysics from Imperial College London in 2007, revealed the part that ESA would play in the plan.
He added: "HERA will map the impact left by DART and measure the mass of the asteroid.
“Knowing this table is key to determining what is inside and to know for sure if we can divert it.
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"The close monitoring of HERA after the effects of DART will help to demonstrate whether asteroids can be deflected.
"It will be proven whether this is an effective planetary defense technique. "[1
Next week, they will launch a new £ 915,000 telescope called Flyeye, which will be able to scan space and identify all possible objects heading to Earth.
ESA publishes its plans to the public in a no-nonsense clip that does not spare the pretty and think straight into what would be a catastrophic situation.
The hypothetical simulation plays out a horrific asteroid scenario on a course to hit Earth in 2028.
Then the simulation showed how ESA could save millions of lives.