From: LARRY KLAES (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Aug 09 2002 - 11:14:50 PDT
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Subject: Ready To Tackle Armageddon (Don Quixote Mission)
'Ready to tackle Armageddon'
By Ivan Noble
August 9, 2002
A space mission to knock a
potential rogue asteroid off course is undergoing feasibility studies with
money from the European Space Agency (Esa).
A Spanish company, Deimos-Space, is designing the mission and hopes its
plans will convince Esa to give the go-ahead for a full scale test on a real
The company has come up with a plan, which it calls the Don Quixote mission,
to launch a pair of probe spacecraft called Hidalgo and Sancho at a far off
One would hit the asteroid at extremely high speed, deflecting it slightly
from its orbit.
The other would observe the asteroid and make highly accurate measurements
of what happened to it after the impact.
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