NASA Spacecraft nearly Collides with an Asteroid
The NASA DART mission will deliberately hit an asteroid to understand its effects later this month
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which launched into space 10 months ago, is preparing for an asteroid collision on September 26.
According to CNN, “The spacecraft will collide with the asteroid’s moon to see how it affects the movement of the asteroid in space.” The mission will target a small moon called Demorphos that orbits the near-Earth asteroid Didymos.
Since the asteroid does not cause any damage to the Earth, it is the best way to test your skills in the DART mission.
With this test, NASA will be able to demonstrate the diversion technology used in the mission.
Technology was developed to protect Earth from potential dangers from asteroids or comets. According to scientists, this will be the first time that the orbit of a celestial body in the universe has changed in a measurable way.
The event will be available as a live stream on NASA‘s website, starting at 5:30 p.m. M. ET, while the impact is expected to occur around 7:14 p.m. M. ET
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