Scientists believe more than 1,700 asteroids are on trajectories that may pose a collision danger to Earth.
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A mission to smash a spacecraft into an asteroid moon to alter its trajectory, in a possible dry-run for an exercise in saving the Earth from Armageddon, has run into a cash crunch.In 2022, the idea is to launch a 600-kilogram NASA spacecraft at Didymos, an asteroid some 13 million kilometers from Earth, after a two-year self-guided journey through space.The ESA had sought 250 million euros ($269 million).For AIM, the clock is ticking.The $150-million mission can go ahead with or without Europe.Scientists believe more than 1,700 asteroids are on trajectories that may pose a collision danger to Earth.
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