Outer space rendezvous with an asteroid heading towards earth

From Afternoons, 3:10 pm on 8 April 2024

In the year 2182, an asteroid travelling between Mars and Jupiter right now, may end up on a collision course with planet earth.

So NASA decided to pay it a visit.

Dr Dante Lauretta is a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, and the leader of a mission to  send a spacecraft to the asteroid  and bring back a sample. 

He takes us on the journey to make this rendezvous with a remnant from the creation of the solar system. His book is called  The Asteroid Hunter: A Scientist's Journey to the Dawn of our Solar System.

The Asteroid Hunter book cover

The Asteroid Hunter book cover Photo: supplied via Hachette book group

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