NASA: Will the DART Mission Alter the Path of a Hazardous Asteroid? This story has been clarified by NASA.
Editor’s note: Someone alerted us to the purported hazardous asteroid that would strike the Earth on November 23.
According to a NASA official, neither Dimorphos-the asteroid DART-nor its parent asteroid Didymos pose a threat to Earth because the Didymos asteroid system never gets closer to Earth than 3 million miles, or over 14 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. DART will be roughly 6.7 million miles away at the time of its kinetic impact. Regardless, DART is a critical test that NASA and other agencies want to conduct before a real need arises, and it will aid planetary security scientists in refining asteroid impact computer models, revealing how we can deflect potentially deadly Near Earth Objects (NEOs) in the future.
This November, NASA will launch the “D.A.R.T.” or Double Asteroid Redirection Test Mission, which tries to prevent a potentially catastrophic space rock from colliding with Earth. This means that an incoming space rock is on a collision track with Earth, and NASA has launched a mission to alter its route.
In November, NASA will launch the DART mission.
NASA’s DART Mission will take place on November 23, and the media has been invited to witness the launch and mission, which will aid in the veering away of an asteroid that poses a threat to the world. That stated, the mission’s primary goal will be to reroute the asteroid’s path rather than to annihilate it completely.
Because no technology developed by the national space agency or other corporations is capable of handle that scale, the DART mission intends to sway it somewhat but not totally. Small asteroids can easily be thrown off course, but a huge one is already approaching the globe.
DART’s target would be the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos and its moonlet, which will pass close to the planet soon.
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To Save the Earth from Potential Hazards, NASA DART?
This mission would also give the public its first glimpse of the Kinetic Impactor, a high-speed aircraft that would be set on a crash course with the possibly dangerous space object. It would be launched in less than a month from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launcher.
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