A massive asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and is expected to make a close approach with the planet today. Will it hit or miss Earth? Here’s what NASA said.
Continuing this month’s trend of frequent close approaches by asteroids, NASA has warned that another asteroid is hurtling towards Earth. Asteroids are Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) which are often found orbiting the Sun in the main asteroid belt near Jupiter. Usually, asteroids are the most common NEOs which come near the Earth’s orbit. Most of them burn up and disintegrate before reaching the planet but some can still pass through. Know more about the asteroid which is expected to make a close approach with Earth today, September 16.
Asteroid 2022 QD1 hurtling towards Earth
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). The Asteroid 2022 QD1 has been red flagged by NASA. Although the asteroid is not heading for impact with Earth, it was still classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object due to the close proximity with which it will pass by Earth.
Asteroid 2022 QD1 will make its closest approach to Earth today, September 16, at a distance of 7.4 million kilometers. Asteroid 2022 QD1 is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 34200 kilometers per hour.
NASA reschedules Artemis I launch
After a couple of technical snags which prevented previous launches, it seems like NASA is finally ready to launch its Artemis I mission to the Moon in the coming weeks. The space agency previously attempted to launch the Orion spacecraft with the help of its new Space Launch System on August 29 and then on September 2 but suffered multiple setbacks on both occasions. NASA has planned another launch window for its first mission to the moon in decades.
NASA recently tweeted, “Our #Artemis I flight test around the Moon will launch no earlier than Sept. 27, with a backup opportunity of Oct. 2 under review.” This means that the space agency has finally fixed the issues which plagued the previous launch attempts. In a recent blog, NASA has revealed that the agency will attempt a demonstration test on September 21 before the planned launch on September 27. NASA has scheduled October 2 as the backup date for the launch.