October 27, 2011 0:26
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conduct a thorough study of asteroid 2005 YU55, which is November 8 324.6 sweep away thousands of miles from Earth. For this purpose decided to use radio telescopes in Goldstone (California) and Arecibo in Puerto Rico, on Wednesday informed the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (California).
According to her, spherical asteroid reaches 400 meters in diameter and wrapped around its own axis slowly — once every 18 hours. Celestial body of comparable size in the last time was close to the same distance to the Earth as 2005 YU55, in 1976. Following such a "Rendezvous" will be held in 2028.
Closely monitor the outer body will telescope in Puerto Rico. As close to the Earth, it will approach 8 November at 15:28 at the time U.S. Pacific Coast (November 9, at 02:28 Moscow time).
Space agency intends to get the detailed information about the structure of 2005 YU55, the nature of its surface, shape, size, and other characteristics. NASA has a special interest in asteroids, as President Barack Obama has set a task to carry U.S. astronauts landing on one such facility in 2025. As part of a national program of space exploration by the middle of 2030 NASA will send a manned spacecraft to Mars, according to ITAR-TASS.