New Space Travel to Conquer Earth Second Moon

New Space Travel to Conquer Earth Second Moon
Ignacio Zara

New Space Travel to Conquer Earth Second Moon. The Earth Second Moon is called Cruithne, an asteroid of 5 km wide. Now, they are thinking in a new space travel (one year), which could help to understand the origins of the Solar System.


Photo attribution Michael Rael

Cruithne is an asteroid which follows an orbit similar to the Earth and to a similar speed in its path around the Sun. In fact, it seems that both, Earth and Cruithne, are pursuing each other. So, it has received the nickname of “Earth Second Moon”. Reaching it, it is the aim of a future space mission with an innovative concept that has just proposed an Italian researcher: Pierpaolo Pergola, an aerospace engineer at the University of Pisa.

Also known as asteroid 3753, Cruithne does not have any risk of collision with us , because the asteroid is locked in a 1:1 resonance average over the Earth, which means that the two bodies take about the same time to complete one orbit around the Sun.

Cruithne is of great scientific interest. Like many other small asteroids, its composition still maintains their original chemical, so it may increase our understanding of how the solar system was formed.

However, this space travel presents a particular challenge due to its large orbital inclination. Then, Pergola proposes the use of an electric ion propulsion system. This system would use the energy generated from solar panels to produce high-temperature plasma in two engines, which allow the ship to travel at high speed keeping fuel. In a classical chemical propulsion system, satellites need more fuel. “This is especially convenient for a mission like this in which a satellite must reach a destination,” Pergola said explaining that.

Pergola explains that the ideal candidate for this space travel would be the 2U CubeSat (with dimensions of 20 × 10 × 10 cm), the miniature platform that many researchers are using in recent years.

Congratulations for this new interesting study and good luck!

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  • Isadora

    Two Moons! Exciting. Thanks Yareah for sharing this information. 😀

Ignacio Zara

Assistant Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine

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