Asteroid researchers from NASA and ESA recently collaborated on the ambitious double-spacecraft mission to deplete an asteroid in space. There are 878 asteroids on the ESA's "hazard list," with a space agency warning that even a small asteroid effect can cause "serious destruction to the inhabited areas". On Tuesday, the ESA wrote on its website: "According to recent ESA estimates, there are 878 asteroids on the & # 39; hazard list & # 39;.
" This ESA catalog combines all asteroids as we know there is a & # 39; non-zero & # 39; chance of affecting the Earth for the next 100 years – meaning an impact, however unlikely, cannot be ruled out.
"An impact on even a small asteroid can cause serious destruction to inhabited areas.
" This is why the ESA. together with international partners, are working to search for asteroids, develop technologies that can replace them in the future and collaborate on an international level to support removal measures. the planned, first-time test of asteroid deflection, coordination and communication of asteroid warnings and how to ensure the most effective emergency response to the ground.
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The ESA has invested £ 21million in projects such as the Human Exploration Research Analog (Hera) mission, which will study the Didymos binary asteroid, set to fly past Earth in 2022.
The Studies like Hera will help ESA better understand how it can better protect our planet from asteroid strikes.
ESA states: "The ESA / NASA" AIDA "collaboration (for Asteroid Impact Deflection Analysis) will see NASA's DASA spacecraft crash and deflect the 160-m asteroid Didymos-B (also known as Didymoon, the smaller of the Didymos dual asteroid system).
However, there are some plans on the go that could help Earth against potential asteroid attacks.
NASA is currently study at Asteroid Bennu, where OSIRIS- Rex spacecraft ed arrived last year.
Part of the reason NASA sent OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft there was to gather more information about the spacecraft 500 meters length.
NASA fears that the asteroid, which has the potential to destroy a country on Earth, could reach our planet within the next 120 years, including the next close flyby in 2135.
The The mission is to provide the most valuable information on how to lose asteroids from their collision course on Earth.
But NASA says that while there is little chance of affecting the Earth, "for millions of years, on all the planets, Bennu will probably hit Venus."