DART’s “Asteroid Crusher” went into deep space

The Falcon-9 launch vehicle, launched on November 23 from the Vandenberg spaceport based on the US Aerospace Forces, will send to the double asteroid system Dimorfos, located 11 million km. from Earth, the DART spacecraft, where it will “meet”, or rather, a collision at full speed, with the asteroid Didymos B with a diameter of more than 150 meters.

Collision should happen in a year. It is assumed that the DART probe, flying at a speed of 24,000 km / h, at the cost of “its life” will be able to deflect the asteroid by a fraction of a percent. NASA hopes to record the moment of the collision using telescopes and radars.

In this way, space agency specialists intend to test the possibility of fighting in the future with asteroids and other celestial bodies dangerously approaching the Earth.

Source – NASA

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