NASA Sending Spacecraft To Crash Into Asteroid

NASA Sending Spacecraft To Crash Into Asteroid

Andrew H. Sweet

NASA Satellite Planetary Defense System DART
NASA's DART

The spacecraft will crash into an object called Dimorphos to see how much its speed and path can be altered.

It's the first attempt to deflect an asteroid to learn how to protect Earth, though this particular asteroid presents no threat.

The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft will be launched on Wednesday atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

After it launches, DART will first escape the Earth's gravity, following its orbit around the Sun. It will then intercept the asteroid around 11 million km from Earth in September 2022.


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