The DART mission spacecraft will strike the asteroid Dimorphos on the night of September 26-27. Why such an operation?
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is getting closer and closer to its target: the asteroid Dimorphos. The agency plans to hit her on the night of September 26 to 27.
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What is such a mission for?
Launched in October 2021, the DART mission aims to test in a real situation the possibility of deflecting the trajectory of a lunar asteroid. For this mission, the target is the asteroid Dimorphos. This last, 160 meters longorbits millions of miles from Earth around a larger asteroid called Didymos, which is nearly 800 meters long.
This first mission of the DART project should make it possible to collect valuable information useful to space agencies with the aim of defend the earth against asteroids who could crash into it.