According to a media report, South Korea has withdrawn its bid to visit space rock Apophis during the closing, but the harmless flight of our Earth in 2029.
The state science department says the proposed Apophis campaign “lacked the technical skills” to make the concept “impossible,” reports SpaceNews on June 7. Finally, the minister decided not to ask for nearly $ 308 million and to carry out work.
“The work involved launching a robotic spacecraft between July 2026 and January 2027 to coincide with Apophis as it hit Earth Earth in April 2029,” SpaceNews said. “The investigation will look at and show Apophis all the way, looking at changes in its structure due to its close contact with the Earth and the gravitational pull of the planet.”
South Korea has signed in 2021 NASA-led Artemis agreements to explore space peacefully, especially the moon, and plans its monthly voyage by the 2030s.
An earlier study of Apophis suggested that mathematically there was a statistically unlikely, but still possible, chance of striking the Earth in 2068. But a new analysis from last year shows that the asteroid poses no threat, at least in the previous century. (NASA continues to monitor the problems, but decades of peer-to-peer scanning did not reveal immediate concern near Earth.)
Shin Won-sik, a South Korean science official, has confirmed the withdrawal of his country’s SpaceNews campaign but added that the government is considering more asteroid missions in the future. He said that the country’s next fourth revision of its space development program should include something “less tangible and realistic” than it would have been with the Apophis machines.
The third (opening in the new tab) version of the program, released in February 2018, contained a few technical details about the project, SpaceNews added. Shin said work on the fourth review should begin in the second half of 2022.
While South Korea is no longer expected to visit the once infamous asteroid, there are other applications to take advantage of the unique 2029 opportunity, many of which are in the mechanical concept category.