Images: Sighting asteroids for target practice

Images: Sighting asteroids for target practice

Summary: The European Space Agency has named two potential targets for its asteroid-diverting program.

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  • This isn't the first such rendezvous with a fast-moving space rock. In July 2005, a NASA probe collided with comet Tempel 1 to get a better look at what it's made of.

  • One probe, Hidalgo, will crash into the asteroid while the other, Sancho, will orbit the rock for several months to monitor any changes.

  • Experts first narrowed the field of test asteroids in February 2005. They dismiss worries that the test could cause problems for Earth, saying the probe should make only a slight deviation in the asteroid's orbit.

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