Asteroid, big as a house, set to whizz past Earth today! NASA issues this warning

NASA has issued a warning about a huge asteroid that is set to whizz past Earth today. Here's what NASA has to say.

| Updated on: Sep 07 2022, 10:43 IST
This asteroid is worth $10,000 Quadrillion
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1/6 hereas other asteroids are generally made up of ice or rocks, this unique asteroid is made up of nickel, which is one of the building blocks of the solar system. One of the biggest asteroids in our Solar System, the 16 Psyche asteroid is made up of gold, nickel and iron deposits and is supposedly worth more than Earth's economy. The asteroid is worth nearly $10,000 Quadrillion. (NASA)
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2/6 The Psyche Mission will also help scientists to study and understand iron cores, a previously unexplored building block of planet formation. The 16 Psyche asteroid mission is a part of NASA's Discovery missions. (Pixabay)
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3/6 The findings of this mission could enable scientists to develop a way of using asteroids as resources. Asteroids could come in handy when building structures in space, such as bases on other planets or even the Moon. Due to their 85 percent metal structure, they could be an excellent source of minerals. It is even said that the raw materials extracted from asteroids could even exceed the metal reserves present on Earth. (NASA)
4/6 The mission has been in the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations since March 2021. Since the launch window is limited, scientists and engineers have worked round the clock in order to finish the spacecraft's assembly in time. However, due to unexpected software issues, the mission has now been delayed and pushed to 2023. (NASA)
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5/6 NASA said, "Due to the late delivery of the spacecraft's flight software and testing equipment, NASA does not have sufficient time to complete the testing needed ahead of its remaining launch period this year, which ends on October 11. The mission team needs more time to ensure that the software will function properly in flight." (NASA)
6/6 In order to reach the asteroid, the spacecraft will fly by Mars for a gravity assist in May 2023 and, in early 2026, orbit around asteroid Psyche in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that the Psyche mission is expected to launch in both 2023 and 2024, but due to the uncertainties, the exact dates of these potential launch periods are yet to be determined. (NASA)
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Check out what NASA has to say about Asteroid RR1 which is set to pass by Earth closely today. (Pixabay)

Another day, another asteroid. This has been the story of September so far. Now, another huge asteroid, which is as big as a house, is already on its way towards Earth, according to the data published by NASA's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 RR1 was discovered on September 4, 2021. It is currently in the constellation Tucana.

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any celestial object is at risk of Earth impact, it red flags and issues the alert. The Asteroid 2022 RR1 has also been red flagged by NASA. Although the asteroid is not heading for impact with Earth, it was still classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object due to the close proximity with which it will pass by Earth.

Asteroid 2022 RR1 to whizz past Earth today, September 7

Asteroid 2022 RR1 will make its closest approach to Earth today, September 7, at a distance of just 732,000 kilometers. To put that into perspective, the Moon orbits the Earth at a distance of 384,400 kilometers from the surface of the planet. Asteroid 2022 RR1 is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 29,412 kilometers per hour.

DART Mission collision to be observed by Hera spacecraft

European Space Agency's Hera spacecraft will observe the impact caused by the collision of DART spacecraft and Dimorphos asteroid. The space agency has already launched its Hera spacecraft which will travel to the same asteroid to observe the impact. According to ESA's blog, the Hera spacecraft will fly to the asteroid to survey the aftermath of impact and gather information such as the size of impact crater, the mass of the asteroid and its make-up and internal structure.

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First Published Date: 07 Sep, 10:43 IST
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