December 1, 2021

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Watch NASA’s DART Mission Launch (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) Official Broadcast/Stream

Can we change the motion of an asteroid? Our #DARTMission is set to be the first to try and you’re invited to get a behind-the-scenes look! The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is a spacecraft designed to impact an asteroid as a test of technology to see if it can change the motion of an asteroid in space. The goal of the mission is to see if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future. DART’s target is the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos and its moonlet, which pose no threat to Earth.

This mission is targeted to launch at 1:20 a.m. EST, Nov. 24 (06:20 UTC), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Learn more about the mission at: www.nasa.gov/dart

Science News Source: NASA