Wild Apophis asteroid spacecraft concept includes laser probes

An early-stage mission concept could see laser-driven light-sail probes visit a notorious asteroid.

The space rock apophiswhich poses no threat to Earth whatsoever for at least 100 yearswill make a harmless but very close flyby of our Earth in 2029. Scientists have already figured out a way to visit Apophis after the flyby: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will visit the asteroid after dropping off samples from another space rock at Earth, the agency decided in April.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *