NASA has launched OSIRIS-APEX to intercept 'God of Chaos', a near-Earth asteroid approaching Earth's orbit.

This animation depicts the 2029 closest approach of the Apophis asteroid to Earth, featuring artificial satellites in blue dots and the International Space Station in pink.

The asteroid, named after an ancient Egyptian deity, is projected to pass close to Earth on April 13, 2029.

The asteroid's proximity to Earth could alter its orbital path and rotational period, potentially triggering landslides and earthquakes.

The spacecraft, undergoing a name change from OSIRIS-REx to OSIRIS-APEX, will approach the asteroid's surface from a distance of 16 feet.

The asteroid's proximity presents a significant opportunity for scientific investigation, potentially providing insights into the formation of planets.

On April 13, 2029, 99942 Apophis, a near-Earth asteroid, will pass by Earth at 19,000 miles, causing a dazzling light race across the sky.

According to NASA Planetary Sciences Division director Lori Glaze, studying asteroids can help us understand planetary formation in our universe.