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Post by Dragon Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:39 am

In two weeks, NASA will open a new era for the solar system.

The milestone comes courtesy of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which launched just last fall.

On Sept. 26, DART will slam headfirst into a small asteroid, the rare case when a spacecraft's destruction is the desired outcome.

The mission is in the name of planetary defense, which seeks to protect Earth from any potential asteroid impacts; scientists hope that should a dangerous asteroid threaten the planet in the future, a mission like DART could avert the disaster.


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(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben)

An artist's depiction of the DART spacecraft approaching the asteroid Dimorphos.


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Post by Dragon Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:42 am



Here's How You Can Watch NASA's DART Slam a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid on September 26

On Sept. 26, it will deliberately collide with Dimorphos, a 160-metre-wide asteroid, at 24,139 kilometres per hour.

This will not destroy the asteroid.

It's just going to give it a small nudge.

Dimorphos poses no threat to Earth, according to NASA, but it does provide scientists with a way to assess the effectiveness of the collision.

Dimorphos orbits Didymos once every 11 hours and 55 minutes.

DART's goal is to crash Dimorphos, causing it to slow down and fall closer to the larger asteroid, shaving 10 minutes off its orbit.


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