NASA’s DART probe is set to collide with an asteroid this month in a historic test of planetary defense.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, the world’s first test to test a technology for defend the Earth from possible dangers of asteroids or cometswill hit your target next September 26.
As reported by NASA, the impact with the asteroid Dimorphos will occur at 7:14 p.m. local time (23:14 GMT) and poses no threat to Earth.
Change asteroid offset
This test will show that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to and collide with an asteroid intentionally to change the displacement of said asteroid.
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“These objects hurtle through space and, of course, they have marked the Moon and, over time, also on Earth they have had important impacts, have affected our history,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, during a press conference held on Monday (12.09.2022).
By measuring with ground-based telescopes, DART will provide important data to help you better prepare, in case an asteroid is ever discovered that could pose an impact hazard.
“It is not an isolated fact”, Nancy Chabot, DART coordinator at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, which leads the mission, said during the news conference. “We want to know what happened to Dimorphos, but more importantly we want to understand what it means to potentially apply this technique in the future.”
The DART spacecraft, built and operated by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) for NASA, will travel millions of kilometers autonomously before deliberately impacting Dimorphos, a small asteroid revolving around a larger one called Didymos. , with the aim of slightly altering its orbit.