The probe of the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is supposed to deliberately crash into an asteroid on the night of Tuesday, September 27. This is part of the testing of the Near Earth Object (NEO) defense system.
The probe, which is part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, launched last year from Vanderberg Space Force Base in the US state of California. It is supposed to collide with the 170-meter asteroid Dimorphos at approximately 01:14 CEST, Sky News writes.
According to NASA, Dimorphos does not threaten the Earth, but it provides suitable conditions for testing. The goal is to find out if asteroids can be deflected from their orbit in this way.
DASR will hit the asteroid at a speed of about 24,140 kilometers per hour when it will be about 11 million kilometers from Earth. This is the first such test of technology to deflect an asteroid, writes Sky News. The European Space Agency (ESA) will send the Hera spacecraft in 2024 to study the aftermath of this collision.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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