Today Monday into the early hours of Tuesday, a DART mission rocket will deliberately collide with an asteroid, in the world’s first test of planetary defense.
Today Monday into the early hours of Tuesday, a NASA rocket will deliberately collide with an asteroid, in the world’s first test of planetary defense.
The mission is called DART (Dual Asteroid Redirect Test) and the rocket was launched last November. At dawn it will collide with and try to deflect the asteroid Dimorphos, which is 6.8 million miles from Earth.
Just another day! DART will become the first-ever space mission to demonstrate #asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor. Are you ready to watch history in the making?
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) September 25, 2022
The scenario is reminiscent of the movie “Armageddon” but it seems that NASA wants to be prepared just in case.
The mission aims to study how difficult it would be for a large space rock to stop its trajectory and the catastrophic scenario of a collision with Earth.
The NASA spacecraft’s collision with the asteroid will be broadcast live on social media and the US space agency’s YouTube channel.
Plan a watch party: https://t.co/xhscr83u4d
Watch live at 6pm ET: https://t.co/ny3onzx0Na pic.twitter.com/ncgLpH6nD9
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) September 21, 2022
The small asteroid Dimorphos orbits a larger one called Gemini. The two meteors will make their closest approach to Earth in years at the end of September, passing within about 10.8 million kilometers of our planet.
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