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Kris, We’re working on it! The Japanese have also put landers on small asteroids. Consider: “Two tiny, hopping rovers that landed on asteroid Ryugu last week have beamed back some incredible new views of the asteroid's rocky surface.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 sample-return mission dropped the two nearly identical rovers, named Minerva-II1A and Minerva-II1B, onto the surface of Ryugu on Sept. 21. In a new video from the eyes of Minerva-II1B, you can watch the sun move across the sky as its glaring sunlight reflects off the shiny rocks that cover Ryugu's surface.”

From [www.space.com]

Obviously, this is just the start. Eventually, these landers can be equipped with rocket engines to direct the asteroid out of Earth’s path and, perhaps, then be destroyed. Lots of things to look forward to.

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