Windmills in the sky

A mission to smash, deflect and study an asteroid has been named Don Quijote, in honor of Cervantes’ famous novel:

The mission would involve two spacecraft — Sancho and Hidalgo — launched on different trajectories toward one asteroid about 550 yards (500 meters) in diameter. A rock that size would cause serious damage across a widespread area and absolute destruction at the local level.

The name of the mission “does not come from the lunatic ideas of Don Quijote, but for the famous scene where Don Quijote fights against a windmill while Sancho observes it from the distance”….

(Thanks again to Mr. Maud for the link.)