Asteroid will hit Earth, NASA prepares for Dart mission

The day is not far when giant space rocks will be prevented from posing a threat to Earth. US space agency NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is inching towards its final days. By colliding with an asteroid on this mission, NASA wants to test a key technology that can change the direction of rocks hitting Earth. NASA scientists warn that dimorphos

The 170-metre-wide (560 ft) asteroid will hit Earth on September 26 at 23.14 GMT (7.14 PM EDT). But, there is nothing to worry, as the US space agency plans to overtake Earth with its $330 million Dart robotic spacecraft. The spacecraft, which weighs about half a ton, will travel more than four miles (6.4 km) per second to collide with Dimorphos, which will be about 6.8 million miles (10.9 million km) from Earth at the time of impact.

DART, which is designed to operate completely autonomously, will be unmanned for the mission. Although scientists consider the asteroid to be “no threat”, the main objective of launching this mission is to demonstrate its ability to prevent any possible asteroid Armageddon. They say observing the impact of the Dart spacecraft on Dimorphos’ orbit will provide data on how well the spacecraft can protect Earth from asteroid strikes.

According to Lindley Johnson, director of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, the DART mission does not reflect a change in the space agency’s thinking about dangerous objects, but a continuation of what has been done so far. “Our charter from the beginning has been not only to find asteroids, but to work on techniques that can be used to remove asteroids from the impact path, should we ever find one,” he told needed.

Dart is a test that we treat as a running program.

An Italian Space Agency satellite for imaging asteroids called the LightItalian CubeSat will record the first full-scale demonstration of asteroid deflection technology. The European Space Agency (ESA) will send its Hera spacecraft on a two-year mission in 2024 to conduct post-collision investigations. ESA said. By the time Hera reaches Didymos, in 2026, Dimorphos will have acquired historical significance. “The first object in the Solar System to have shifted its orbit measurably by human effort,”