It Survived The Encounter, Bringing Home the Baked-On
That's what's wild. Well done!
Close-up footage of asteroid Ryugu, taken by the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft as it touched down to retrieve a sample, reveals the near-Earth object’s surface may have been torched by the Sun as its orbit changed over time. Ryugu, shaped like a spinning-top, circles our star once every 16 months and hangs out between Earth and Mars. …
Yeah, my first thought was "So this will be how civilisation ends: when Ryugu's new orbit brings it to earth in x years time" Now would be a good time for someone to point out that it is so small, it would simply burn up in our atmosphere. However, the larger asteroid it will nudge is the one I'm worrying about.
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