NASA Cancels 50 Million-Dollar "Janus" Asteroid Probe Mission; May Instead Use for Asteroid Apophis in 2029

The twin-spacecraft Janus project will study the formation and evolutionary implications for small “rubble pile” binary asteroids.

The spacecraft may instead be used to probe the asteroid 99942 Apophis, which until recently was said to have a slight chance of making a direct hit with earth in 2036 if it passes through a “gravitational keyhole” with Earth during its 2029 flyby.

In ancient Roman religion, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, archways, doorways, passages, frames and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces.

Apophis was the ancient Egyptian deity who embodied darkness and disorder, and was thus the opponent of light and Ma’at (order/truth). He appears in art as a giant serpent. Apep was first mentioned in the Eighth Dynasty, and he was honored in the names of the Fourteenth Dynasty king ‘Apepi and of the Greater Hyksos king Apophis.

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1 year ago

the khazarians are too greedy to fake another probe- they need that daily $53 million in their pockets everyday- meanwhile they pay their photoshop staff 80k/yr- try harder!

11 months ago

Fake space news.