NASA preparing to launch mission to deliberately smash spacecraft into asteroid – Times of India

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NASA will test method to prevent major asteroids impacting earth

The DART probe, a box the size of a large fridge with limousine-sized solar panels on either side, will slam into Dimorphos at just over 15,000 miles an hour (24,000 km per hour), causing a small change in the asteroid’s motion.

DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is a real proof-of-concept experiment, blasting off at 10:21 pm Pacific Time Tuesday (0621 GMT Wednesday) aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Its target object: Dimorphos, a “moonlet” around 525 feet (160 m, or two Statues of Liberty) wide, circling a much larger asteroid called Didymos (2,500 feet or 780 m in diameter), which together orbit the Sun.
NASA is preparing to launch a mission to deliberately smash a spacecraft into an asteroid

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