The European Space Agency’s (ESA) recently enhanced contribution to the asteroid impact and deflection assessment (AIDA) mission signals a resolve to raise public awareness about space safety. The joint effort with NASA is part of a broader ESA plan to increase its annual spending for space safety sixfold, to €200 million ($230 million) from 2019. In addition to defending against near-Earth objects (NEO), the amount would encompass endeavors in space debris control and solar ...

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