ESA/Johns Hopkins aim to deflect an asteroid with spacecraft impact
ESA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (which runs several space missions including the Messenger probe now orbiting Mercury) are proposing a joint experiment to test impact deflection of an asteroid. A JHU-APL spacecraft would ram into an asteroid while an ESA spacecraft would monitor the impact and its effects on the object.
- Asteroid deflection mission seeks smashing ideas – ESA – Jan.15.12
- High impact factor space R&D : ¨AIDA¨ Call For Experiment Ideas – ESA
- Asteroid Impact & Deflection: Assessment (AIDA) Mission – Opportunities and Tests in a US-Europe Space Mission Cooperation – ESA – May.25.12 (pdf)