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A Spacecraft is set to smash into an asteroid

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A spacecraft is set to smash into an asteroid to test whether deflecting a space rock could one day protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic impact.

If all goes according to plan, the ESA’s 700-kilogram (1,543-pound) Hera spacecraft will slam into Didymos B, a small asteroid that orbits the much larger Didymos A, at a speed of 14,000 kilometers per hour (8,700 miles per hour). The high-speed impact is designed to create an artificial crater on the surface of Didymos B.

Over the next two years, Hera will study the artificial crater using its suite of cameras and sensors.

In particular, Hera will search for signs that the impact has altered Didymos B’s orbit around Didymos A. This information could help scientists better understand how to deflect an asteroid if it were on course to hit Earth.

“To successfully defend our planet from future asteroid impacts, we need to be able to change the motion of an asteroid in a controlled manner,” said ESA Director General Jan Wörner in a press release.

“Hera will pave the way for future missions by testing technologies required for resource utilization on an asteroid and demonstrating innovative methods for altering an asteroid’s path.”

Not on a collision course

While Didymo A is not on a collision course with Earth, it offers scientists an ideal target for testing out what could one day be used to save our planet from a devastating impact.

“This is exactly why we’re doing this mission,” said Paolo Martino, Hera project manager at ESA’s technical center in Noordwijk, Netherlands, in the press release.

“It’s the first step in demonstrating how we can protect our planet from future hazardous encounters.”

Hera isn’t going it alone on this journey—it’s being accompanied by two CubeSats that will act as eyewitnesses to the impact. One of these CubeSats is called LICIACube and was built by university students in Belgium.

The other CubeSat, called DART+LANCE+, was built by NASA. Both CubeSats will take pictures and collect data during Hera’s flyby of Didymos B following the impact.

“The beauty of using CubeSats for this kind of rendezvous mission is that they are considerably cheaper than traditional satellites.”

By better understanding how to deflect an incoming asteroid , we can protect our planet from disastrous consequences .

This experimental collision is just the first step in learning how we can change an asteroid ‘s path.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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