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Russia to place a beacon on Apophis asteroid

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 10:10 AM
Dr Ioannis Syrigos

Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid (about 300 meters) which is going to approach earth in about 2036. While initially the probability NASA has announced was 2.7% to strike Earth, later on it was considered to be 1 in 45000.

Nevertheless there is a chance, even if it is a small. That’s why the Russian space agency Roscosmo have announced their plans to put a radio beacon on the asteroid in order to track it more precisely and take measurements.

The mission will be launched at about 2020.

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