What is DART mission
Actually, NASA wants to test whether the direction of a dangerous asteroid coming towards Earth can be changed. To do this, NASA is going to do the first such test. Every day, from refrigerators to cars, many small and large asteroids enter our Earth’s orbit. Most of these are destroyed by the friction of the atmosphere. However, many such asteroids still exist in space, which can threaten the Earth.
What is the purpose of DART mission
The spacecraft is about to collide with a small asteroid called Dimorphos. It is orbiting a large asteroid Didymos. The length of the asteroid that strikes Dart is around 169 meters. Scientists hope that this collision will change both the direction and speed of the asteroid. However, this asteroid is not a threat to our earth. If this experiment is successful, then NASA can change the direction of dangerous asteroids coming towards Earth in the future.
See how NASA launched the Dart mission
You can watch the DART spacecraft collision live on NASA TV (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive). This incident is scheduled to happen at 4.45 am on Tuesday morning according to Indian time. NASA is livestreaming the mission with video and commentary on its website and social media channels. There is also a press conference scheduled for approximately 45 minutes after the impact, during which mission managers will discuss what happened.
Know about Dimorphos Asteroid
The asteroid, which is about to collide with the Dort spacecraft, is named Dimorphos. It is a space rock full of dust moving around in our solar system. Its length is around 169 meters and width is half a mile. This asteroid is orbiting another asteroid bigger than itself, Didymos. The DART spacecraft is ready to navigate autonomously and collide with Dimorphos. At the time of this collision, this asteroid will be at a distance of about 7 million miles from Earth.