Vredefort, South Africa (ø300km) │ Sudbury, Canada (ø250km) │ Chicxulub, Mexico (ø180km)│ Woodleigh, Australia (ø160km) │ Kara, Russia (ø120km) │ Source: University of New Brunswick
Landing a probe on an asteroid? It's been done before, hasn't it? Nope. The last time space scientists landed a probe on a smaller celestial body, it was a comet. So what's the difference?
The Perseid meteor shower is as regular as clockwork. It peaks August 12, same as last year. This time we can expect to see twice as many shooting stars, perhaps even a "double peak." But there's loads we don't know.
As a humble Earth-bound species, humanity has been lucky enough to avoid major asteroid collisions. As we take our first steps into space, scientists are working on ways to protect Earth – before our luck runs out.
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