And the rockets red glare. Here’s a bad ass picture of the USS Fitzgerald firing off a Harpoon missile during a drill. After seeing the photo, everything—why the USS Fitzgerald is classified as a destroyer, why the missile is called Harpoon—makes sense.
NASA is readying a new kind of space device: a harpoon designed to rapidly fire against comets, easily taking chunks of its surface with surgical precision. It's now being tested by scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Comets rush through the solar system at up to 150,000 miles per hour, making it extremely difficult to actually land a space probe on one of them. The solution? NASA is working on something new, awesomely called a "comet harpoon."
We're going to put someone on an asteroid by 2025. Crazy. But the gravity on asteroids is so weak that we won't stick to it. NASA plans to harpoon an asteroid like a giant space-whale. Now that's my kinda crazy!