NASA is going to bounce off asteroids in a key test of planetary defence and this step is going to prove that the world is capable of defending itself from future existential danger. The unrealizable yet attempted only in science fiction proof of concept experiment is going to happen in actuality by NASA.
The feat humanity attempted which has never before been practiced: calculatingly banging a spacecraft into an asteroid to imperceptibly deflect its orbit will be experimented with by NASA on Monday. This process is designed by scientists to test the capability to break off cosmic objects from destructing life on planet earth.
Last November, the double asteroid redirection test (DART) spaceship was launched from California. It is active in approaching its target and striking at approximately 14,000 miles (22,500 kilometers) per hour.
Didymos and Dimorphos asteroid moonlet doesn’t seem to be a risk because this pair loop the sun and it’s seven million miles distant from the earth. Yet NASA wants to be in a safe zone before an actual need is explored.
If everything will happen as planned then a car-sized spacecraft asteroid should take place at 07:14 pm Eastern time, followed by a NASA Livestream. NASA aims to push Dimorphos into a smaller orbit by bashing it, shaving 10 minutes off the time it takes to compassing Didymos, which is presently 11 hours 55 minutes – this adjustment will be observed by the ground telescope on the same day.
If things will not happen as planned due to any legitimate reason, then it will be given another shot in two years time span by NASA.
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