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NASA Orion Spacecraft, CC-BY-NC 2.0, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, considers the major space projects planned for 2021.  One is the DART project, in which NASA and the Japanese space agency are sending a spacecraft to collide with an asteroid, as a way of developing a method of protecting Earth against a disastrous collision.   Also, NASA will attempt to land an Orion space capsule on the moon, with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, discusses a recent interstellar visitor to the solar system, an asteroid from another star.  It may be the first object from the orbit of another star to enter the domain of the Earth's sun.  And it may have been traveling for millions of years.