The DART spacecraft will be crashed into the asteroid tomorrow — it's necessary to protect the Earth

The DART spacecraft will be crashed into the asteroid tomorrow — it's necessary to protect the Earth

Double Asteroid Redirection Test is a mission to alter the trajectory of an asteroid using a spacecraft. Of course, the asteroid that DART will encounter tomorrow is not a threat to the Earth. It's just a test, a system test, but in theory, it can protect the Earth from a threat from space.

DART, which weighs 610 kg and operates on an ion engine on solar panels, was launched as early as November 2021 on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, crashing into a double asteroid consisting of a large asteroid, Didimos, with a dimeter of 780 meters and a small, 160 metres diameter Dimorphos.

Scientists have learned that in order to change the trajectory of giant space stones, all you have to do is reject them to a degree, which is now being tested in practice.

You can see the impact live on YouTube.

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