NASA’s DART spacecraft is preparing to perform a historic mission today.
NASA’s DART spacecraft will crash into an asteroid tonight in historic planetary defense test
The mission is to collide with the asteroid Demorphos, although this asteroid is small in size and does not pose any danger to the planet, and it is not on a collision course with Earth.
Through this historical experiment, the US agency aims to test the ability of the US Agency’s Planetary Defense Vehicle to carry out a defensive maneuver when there is a real danger of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
The NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office will then receive information from the agency’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) to prepare for a planetary defense mission.
And talk about the possibility of implementing “planetary defense” appeared decades ago in theoretical studies, but the mission that the “DART” spacecraft will perform at 7:14 p.m. EST today will be the first of its kind to test this theoretical vision in a practical experiment.
The asteroid “Demorphos”, which was chosen by NASA to carry out the experiment, rotates like a clock every 11 hours and 55 minutes around a larger asteroid near Earth called “Dedimos.”
When the mission is successful, this experiment will give scientists confidence that asteroid-removing technology can work in the future, if there is a danger.