We have written this article to give you more details about NASA’s studies of asteroids, the damage that a possible collision could cause and many other things that you need to know. Keep reading if you want to find out more.
An important asteroid was recently relocated
A huge asteroid 2006 QV89 in the attention of NASA for a while now and we’ll tell you why. It seems that the specialists have relocated it and they are taking in consideration the possibility of it striking the Earth this year. Asteroid 2006 QV89 was first discovered in 2006. Its location was lost until now.
The most important thing that NASA wanted to find out was if the asteroid could actually strike the Earth this year. Fortunately, the results of the observations are encouraging.
According to their calculations, 2006 QV89 will not strike the Earth any time soon. More exactly, it won’t be a problem for at least one century.
Also, NASA is working really hard on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The redirecting of the asteroids should be at least a possibility in case of an imminent collision. NASA needs to be prepared for everything.
Elon Musk wants to help the U.S space agency
NASA will be supported by a very important company, Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Together, they will focus on research, organizing new missions on space and improving the system.
Another fact that we want to share with you is that 2006 QV89 is actually an Apollo asteroid. It’s called like that after the first asteroid discovered, 1862 Apollo. The discovery was made in 1930 thanks to a German astronomer.
That’s all we have so far regarding the asteroids and 2006 QV89 in particular. NASA is very vigilant when it comes to this topic because the space rocks are actually very dangerous. We’ll keep you updated.
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