According tohttp://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2012%20DA14;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=1#cadDA14 is inclined 10 degrees and is moving at 6 km/s when it passes near Earth. This would make a DA14 visit mission fairly costly in delta-vee terms despite the low distance. That said it might be nice for political purposes to visit a NEO that's a real (albeit small) threat to the Earth.
I just saw in the news the discovery of a new Earth-Grazing NEO in the Tunguska-class (~50m diameter).Link to Article.....Thoughts and comments?
....Thoughts and comments?
"Blast it or paint it: Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013 Published: 03 March, 2012, 22:32"http://rt.com/news/paint-asteroid-earth-nasa-767/"To avert a possible catastrophe – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid 2012 DA14 with either paint or big guns. The stickler is that time has long run out to build a spaceship to carry out the operation. NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months. Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision. The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites. There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth..."How are those essays coming along, Prudence?
Canada hosts the International Space Station Heads of Agencies Meeting in Quebec CityLongueuil, Quebec, February 29, 2012 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is hosting the International Space Station Heads of Agencies meeting in Quebec City on March 1st. The heads of the International Space Station partners will discuss cooperation in space exploration; the use, maintenance and future of the ISS and the benefits of the Space Station for humanity. Media are invited to attend a press conference following the meeting.When: Thursday, March 1, 2012 ...Who: Steve MacLean, President, Canadian Space Agency Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator (USA)Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)Vladimir Popovkin, Director, Roscosmos (Russia)Keiji Tachikawa, President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ....
Asteroid 2012 EG5 Gives Earth Close Shave On April Fools' Day At: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/31/asteroid-2012-eg5-earth-april-fools-day_n_1393856.html
More "Thoughts and comments"... Will the Hubble Space Telescope be in a good position to get some pictures of 2012 DA14 on February 15, 2013? What about our various other space assets?