Europe will send a rover to Mars but won’t protect Earth from an asteroid

WASHINGTON POST The European Space Agency just secured 436 million euros to send its first-ever rover to Mars in 2020. The news came as a relief to scientists behind the two-part ExoMars mission, who are still reeling after their spacecraft Schiaparelli crashed in an attempt to land on the Red Planet during the first part of the mission. But a proposal to survey a near-Earth asteroid — and eventually attempt to knock it off course — was not so lucky. Last month, more than 100 planeta...
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