An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower may fall to Earth

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Specialists from the Massachusetts Institute are now actively exploring options for neutralizing a huge space body that will approach our planet in nine years. It is known that the object is larger than the famous Eiffel Tower.

The asteroid received the code name 99942 Apophis. Collision may since 2029. According to experts, the body will pass the Earth without incident, but you still need to have a plan for its removal.

According to a 2007 NASA report, the most effective way to eliminate bodies is to launch a nuclear bomb. However, this is a controversial option. Another method is to send a “kinetic drummer,” that is, a spaceship that at a certain speed will change the trajectory of the asteroid, transferring part of the energy to it. In the second case, scientists need to know absolutely everything about the body to the smallest detail, otherwise the plan will not work.

Now experts are making a decision map that will help to choose the best option to eliminate the threat.


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