South Korea cancels Apophis asteroid probe: report

Wild Apophis asteroid spacecraft concept includes laser probes

South Korea has canceled its effort to visit the space rock Apophis during a close, but harmless, flyby of our Earth in 2029, according to a media report.

The country’s science ministry says the proposed Apophis mission had a “lack of technical capabilities” that rendered the concept “unfeasible,” SpaceNews reported (opens in new tab) June 7. Ultimately, the ministry decided not to request the nearly $308 million it wanted to run the mission.

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