See How To Target An Asteroids And How Difficult It Is – Recent Science Article.

This Recent Science Article is about Targeting An Asteroids And Comets. Targeting an Asteroid is not an easy task; Scientists are doing very hard work and study to target and collide with one. Targeting and asteroid includes locating it, than calculating its path and speed and than Smacking it Hard.

The first question arises that Why We Want to Target an Asteroid ?

The answer to this question is two :

First is : We want to deep study this celestial object. How it is made, How it is bonded, and how would be the place from were it came from… and many such unknown and hidden questions.

Second is : We should know and practice to destroy the asteroid, if it is dangerous and big enough to finish and destroy our Green and Lovely Earth. If you are regularly  reading Science News Articles than you may be knowing about the recent Sky Rocks and Asteroid Explosion on Russia, it was dangerous and not fair for humans.

So it become necessary to study the asteroids for the benefit of humans and our earth. Scientists at NASA is continuously keeping an eye on the asteroids and comets around the space and near to the earth.

One of the Indian Scientist “Shyam Bhaskaran” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. is dealing and studying about the asteroids and planning How To Collide With An Asteroid along with other team members.


It’s not an easy task to track and collide with an asteroid. colliding and blasting it, requires many big calculations and continuous monitoring with the advanced and Latest / Newer Technology. These days the science and technology is so advanced that you can Explore, Interact and Learn The Spacecraft from the device in your hand and without other hi-tech equipment.

Scientists are tracking and studying the asteroids with the help of world’s largest, advanced and massive radar dishes.

Shyam Bhaskaran the man behind the the study and the collision with the asteroid says :

If you want to see below the surface of an asteroid, there’s no better way than smacking it hard, But it’s not that easy. Hitting an asteroid with a spacecraft traveling at hypervelocity is like shooting an arrow at a target on a speeding race car.

Asteroids and Comets flying or coming towards earth are very speedy, say having hypervelocity.
Hypervelocity is the velocity (can also say Speed in laymen’s term) very high and can be measured two (2) miles per second (6,700 mph / 11,000 kilometres per hour) or above. Understand Mach No. Supersonic, Transonic, Hypersonic Speed in detail.

Bhaskaran’s hypothetical impacts tend to be well above. Most of the hypervelocity impact scenarios that he simulate have spacecraft / asteroid closure rates of around eight miles a second, 30,000 miles per hour (about 48,000 kilometres per hour).

Their shapes and sizes are not same and comfortable for us for the attack. All the asteroids are of different shapes, they are like Diamonds, Peanuts, Potatoes, Boomerangs and even like Dog Bones.

Bhaskaran Says :

What you’ve got floating around out there are a bunch of massive objects that look like peanuts, potatoes, diamonds, boomerangs and even dog bones — and if the spacecraft’s guidance system can’t figure out where it needs to go, you can hit the wrong part of the asteroid, or much worse, miss it entirely.

These all pain is just to know the things which we don’t know about the asteroids, the impact will reveal their composition and structure and many more such details.
Capturing and impacting technology and challenges on the asteroids and comets are not same. Both are different in nature and behaviour. Comets can have jets firing material into space, which can upset your imaging and guidance systems of the spacecraft or space vehicles.

Whereas Asteroids targets can be very small, say some 50 meters or less. This is because they are very small, dim, and harder to spot; also they may have their own mini moons orbiting around them.

Both Kids and Elders should understand and know the Speed Of Sound in easy language at our Physics For Kids section.

The impact and collision will happen so much far in the space that, even the radio signals takes lots of time to reach their to the colliding spacecraft. That’s why the last few hours and minutes before Impact are very critical and dangerous. It need to execute some final rocket burns, called Impactor Targeting Maneuvers (ITMs), quickly.

Continuous monitoring using both ground- and space-based telescopes are being done to Detect, Track, and Characterizes the Asteroids. It is analysed using sophisticated computers and software to predict the path and also determines if any could be hazardous to our planet earth; these types of program is commonly known as "Spaceguard". More information about asteroids and near-Earth objects is at NASA JPL.

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