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Can we still send a robot or rover to Oumuamua to find out what it really is ?
Is it too far and moving away from us too fast for that to work?
- HerveLv 62 months ago
No it's already out of here and moving far too quickly.
@ReductioAdAstronomicus. What rocket or probe could catch up with it?
- 2 months ago
It "really is" a big chunk of asteroid just like all the other asteroids that enter our solar system from deep space. It is estimated that an asteroid similar to Oumuamua enters our solar system about once a year.
A robot could certainly be sent out to investigate it's composition and even bring back a sample, but unfortunately the cost is too high, and as long as we are obsessed with antiquated practices like manned spaceflight, and nonsense like "ancient life" in space, the budget will never be there to send out a really interesting mission like a robotic mission to an exo-asteroid.
Write to congress.Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Lyra
- 2 months ago
We'd have no way of catching up to it... At least, not with the equipment we have so far.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Its too far away and moving farther away, we will never get to it.
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No. It is moving way too fast. NASA turned down a mission to Centaur KBOs put together by Dr. Alan Stern and the people at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder CO. The Centaur KBOs are in the Solar System. You can read about It in the March Astronomy magazine, the American magazine.
Let me amend that. Yes, it IS possible to do that , but getting the funding from Congress that quickly for that kind of mission is almost impossible.
See the article by Adam Hibberd et al. (2020), "Catching I1/'Oumuamua -- Mission opportunities after 2024." It is thought possibly feasible to send something towards 'Oumuamua with technology that could be available in the near term. All of the possibilities suggested are fly-by missions, not landing missions.
- ?Lv 52 months ago
Yes, its too far away now. We know what it is likely to be and Aliens have nothing to do with it.