Blue orbit is the Earth. White eclipse marks orbit of the asteroid 5143 Heracles.

Blue orbit is the Earth. White eclipse marks orbit of the asteroid 5143 Heracles.

5143 Heracles (1991 VL)

Composition: Platinum, nickel-iron

Valuation: > €100 Trillion

Δv (km/s) Delta-velocity: 9.639

Upcoming Approaches to Earth: Nov 18, 2021: 0.306 AU. Nov 10, 2026: 0.470 AU. Jul 26, 2029: 0.341 AU. Jul 18, 2034: 0.167 AU. Jul 10, 2039: 0.058 AU.

Heracles’s 2039 approach of 0.058 Astronomical Units is equivalent to 8,676,676 kilometers.

Closest approach of Earth from the Moon is 363,104 kilometers. Closest distance from Earth to Mars is 54,600,000 kilometers.

1968, NASA’s Apollo 8, return mission to the Moon, lasted 6 days, 3 hours, and 42 seconds, crying 3 crew, with a landing mass of 4,979 kilograms.

1972, Apollo 17, NASA’s last moon mission of the 20th century, returned to Earth. The Apollo space missions had returned a total of 382 kg of extraterrestrial rock and soil back to Earth.

Asteroid date source: Asterank; based on multiple scientific sources, with details on orbits and basic physical parameters sourced from the Minor Planet Center and NASA JPL.

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