PARABNORMAL NEWS — Researchers propose building an “interstellar interceptor” probe to lurk in far-Earth orbit and observe asteroids buzzing through the solar system.
When an object is detected, the team could send the spacecraft to intercept it.
The probe would allow astronomers to more accurately document the surfaces of space rocks and possibly collect samples of gases.
“The easiest thing is to fly by and take a photograph. To tell whether it’s artificial or not, it would be sufficient to just take a photograph. But to study it and understand what it contains, you might want to land on it,” Harvard University’s Dr. Avi Loeb told “Into The Parabnormal”.
There have been two interstellar objects recorded in 2017 with Oumuamua and Borisov in 2019.
By the time they were detected by telescopes, it was too late to catch up to them.
The team suspects that multiple interstellar objects pass through the solar system unnoticed every year.
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