NASA is a taking web page out of the motion flick “Armageddon” – by launching a spaceship to wallop an asteroid’s moon in a check to deflect an area rock threatening our planet.
The area company’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is about to raise off at 1:20 a.m. EST on Nov. 24 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Live protection of the launch will likely be proven on NASA TV, the company’s app and its web site.
“DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique, which involves sending one or more large, high-speed spacecraft into the path of an asteroid in space to change its motion,” NASA said.
“Its target is the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos and its moonlet,” it added.
The Planetary Defense Coordination Office manages the mission, which entails sending a pair of satellites out to the comparatively close by Didymos, which is about 2,600 toes in diameter, and its 525-foot-wide moonlet, according to Tech Crunch.
“Up until now, we haven’t had too many options for what we might do if we found something that was incoming,” Johns Hopkins planetary astronomer Andy Rivkin instructed Vice News just lately.
“DART is the first test of how we might be able to deflect something without having to resort to a nuclear package, or sitting in our basements, waiting it out and crossing our fingers,” he added.
The planetary protection mission is anticipated to make affect in late 2022 – putting its goal at practically 15,000 mph.
The Italian Space Agency is collaborating with the Light Italian CubeSat for Imagine Asteroids, or LICIACube, which can observe “the mess we make,” as Rivkin put it.
Earthbound people additionally will be capable of catch the motion with very highly effective telescopes.