This area will cover relevant news of the threat to the planet from Near Earth Objects (NEOs) including concepts and designs for mitigation. All opinions are those of the author.

14 December 2005

Article on the Asteroid Tractor

"Astronauts push for strategies, spacecraft to prevent calamitous asteroid strike: Are we ready for doomsday?"

Source: Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), 28 November 2005

"An 'asteroid tractor,' which would use the gentle gravitational attraction between spacecraft and asteroid to help change the asteroid's course. The tractor's thrusters are angled away to avoid breaking up the asteroid."


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