NASA to Crash Spacecraft Into Asteroid to Deflect Its Path Later This Month

NASA is preparing to launch its first planetary defense test, in which a spacecraft deliberately crashes into an asteroid to interfere with its launch. The US agency has refueled the spacecraft, conducted final tests and is preparing for the final mission. The mission, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) began on November 23. It will attempt to collide with the moon planet Dimorphos, which will orbit a large asteroid called Didymos. It should be noted that there are no asteroids that threaten Earth. NASA will use Earth-based telescopes to monitor missions and collect data that will improve our modeling and prediction skills and help us better prepare for the true asteroid threat.

Dimorphs, directional asteroids, means “two variants” in Greek and are about 525 feet (160 m) in diameter. The collision would not only destroy the asteroid, it would cause it to lose itself, scientists say. However, it is not clear how big the deviation will be from the crash. This largely depends on the structure of the asteroid or how porous it is.

Scientists and engineers work on DART during the epidemic. You have equipped the spaceship with various technologies that will test the mission. One of them is the NEXT-C ion propulsion system, which aims to increase productivity and fuel efficiency for space missions. Elena Adams, a dart mission systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics (APL) in Laurel, said: Maryland, according to a blog post.

Starting November 10, NASA engineers will begin “fitting” the spacecraft with adapters on the ends of the SpaceX Falcon 9. The day before launch, the rocket will exit the Vandenberg Space Force Base hangar in California and head for the launch pad. The first opportunity to start the DART campaign will open on November 23. If the start is postponed for any reason, including inclement weather, the team will seek a second chance the following day.