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Nasa and Elon Musk join forces to tackle threat posed by apocalypse asteroids


Nasa has enlisted Elon Musk to help with its mission to save Earth from doomsday space rocks.


When mastered, this technique could save millions or even billions of lives if an asteroid is seen to be on a collision course with Earth, because it will allow Nasa to simply push it onto a course which misses the planet rather than colliding with it.


Elon is literally helping to save humanity from space rocks (Image: Getty)Nasa and Musk’s SpaceX will work together to test an ‘impactor craft’ which will smash into an asteroid and hopefully push it in a different direction.


‘Nasa has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor,’ Nasa wrote.


If it hit us, it could trigger a mass extinction event by throwing dust into the atmosphere and blocking photosynthesis so that plants around the world die.


‘To do something like this, we’d also need a really long warning time; the idea of a kinetic impactor is definitely not like [the film] ‘Armageddon,’ where you go up at the last hour and you know, save the Earth.’






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