In September, NASA will crash a spaceship with a 525-foot-wide asteroid

NASA is preparing for an "Armageddon"-style mission that will include crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid, and they want the public to be able to see it live. Asteroids come dangerously close to Earth all the time, but it's been almost 65 million years since a disastrous one struck. Furthermore, after the success of the 2021 apocalyptic comedy "Don't Look Up." there has been increased interest in things hurtling toward us. Fortunately, NASA will test its strategy in the event that it occurs.

Next month, the space agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, will collide with the asteroid Dimorphos, which circles a bigger asteroid named Didymos. Scientists think neither asteroid is headed towards Earth, but Dimorphos, at an estimated 520 feet in length, is an asteroid that may inflict substantial damage if it collides with Earth, according to NASA. Regardless of the outcome, the mission will provide astronomers and scientists with "important data" on how to respond if a deadly asteroid collides with Earth. According to experts, there is currently no threat to humans.

NASA's planetary defense chief, Lindley Johnson, stated, "We don't want to be in a situation where an asteroid is heading toward Earth and then have to test this kind of capability." Before we get into a situation like this, we want to know how the spacecraft operates as well as how the asteroid will respond to the hit.

When will DART make contact with the asteroid Dimorphos?

DART's 10-month trip across space will end on September 26 at 7:14 p.m. ET. NASA will begin live coverage of the event at 6 p.m. ET. DART will launch a modest observation spacecraft ten days in advance to catch the impact.

Where can I see the DART mission land?

NASA will broadcast the ceremony live on NASA TV and its website. It is also available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sites.

What action will DART take?

The collision will occur around 6.8 million kilometers from Earth. DART, at 15,000 miles per hour, will not kill Dimorphos, but will "give it a small nudge." This will change the asteroid's orbit by around 1%, which is enough to deviate it from Earth.

DART's chief investigator, Andy Cheng, described the endeavor as "exciting." It's incredible.


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