Asteroid Day: ESA uses 3D printed models, NASA runs supercomputer impact simulator

Asteroid Day: ESA uses 3D printed models, NASA runs supercomputer impact simulator

June 30 is Asteroid Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness about asteroids and their potential impact on Earth. To mark the occasion, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have gone 3D. Most of us have some idea of what an asteroid looks like, but—for better or worse—few of us have have ever got up close and personal with one of the small, rocky bodies. Fortunately, the European Space Agency might just rectify that state of affairs, having creating a set of 3D printed planetary models for testing purposes. […]

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