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Armageddon Live – NASA’s spacecraft collides with an asteroid to protect Earth

NASA plans to collide with an asteroid with a spacecraft traveling at 24,000 km/h as a test to protect the planet.

It is the final preparations being made in the United States at NASA after the space agency prepares to launch a spacecraft destined to deliberately collide with an asteroid at high speed. The collision will be a test of the agency’s “planetary defense” mission. We wrote about this in detail earlier here.

NASA, in order to find out if Earth can be protected from a potentially dangerous space object, sends a spacecraft trying to change the orbit of an asteroid by colliding with a racing celestial body. The $330 million mission called DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is part of a large-scale “planetary defense” program. While it has so far only diverted almost Earth-threatening space rocks, a real spacecraft is now being sent some 6.8 million kilometers from the planet to strike the asteroid.

Exploring potentially threatened space rocks is essential to keeping our planet safe, said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer. “We don’t want to be in a situation where an asteroid is heading to Earth, and then we need to test that ability,” he said.

Testing the effectiveness of hijacking asteroids from orbit, engineers have worked on the soon-to-be-deployed spacecraft for more than a decade. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with it is scheduled to be launched from the California base on November 23, and it is expected to reach the target asteroid by the end of September next year.

At 24,000 km/h, DART is set to collide with a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid, Demorphos. Characterized by a “fine-grained mixture of rock and metal,” Demorphos orbits a larger asteroid, Didymus, about 160 meters long and about 1.2 kilometers long, about the size of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

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The DART spacecraft will weigh about 550 kilograms on impact. The scientists said the collision would not destroy the asteroid, but rather “give it a little push” to divert its course.

The kinetic effect and its direct consequences will also be monitored using a satellite equipped with a ground telescope and a miniature camera emitted from the spacecraft prior to impact. So scientists will have more knowledge about whether a “redirection” is possible and how long it will take to prevent a real catastrophe.

Astronomers estimate that there are currently about 25,000 asteroids near Earth large enough to cause regional devastation if they hit our planet. Smaller, about a meter of asteroids penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere every two weeks, spewing us out of space with tons of dust and sand-sized particles every day.

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