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Asteroid Deflection Program AIDA Gets A Target After Recent Close Calls

Do you remember a simpler time? As time before, say, a couple of weeks ago when we weren't all living in constant mortal fear of being crushed by a giant rock from outer space? Yeah, neither do we. Luckily, NASA and the ESA are on the job of intercepting potentially killer asteroids. The space agencies have partnered on a project known as Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) which they hope will be able to one day knock earthbound asteroids off course, and they've selected a test candidate for the project. To save the Earth -- or at least prove they could -- NASA and ESA will collide a small spacecraft with the binary asteroid Didymos in just... nine years? Don't they know we'll all have been killed by giant space rocks by then? Come on, guys, a little sense of urgency, huh?

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