Earth has a Trojan asteroid!

NASA’s WISE telescope has spotted a Trojan asteroid near Earth.

No, this isn’t an astronomical “Trojan horse”, but an asteroid that describes the same orbit as Earth, but in front of it. This makes them valuable targets for future manned space missions. This particular one keeps jumping above and below the plane of Earth’s orbit, requiring more fuel to travel to. Because of this, it won’t be a great one, but there could be more that are easier to reach.

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