NASA crashes DART spacecraft into asteroid in historic test

LAUREL, Md. — For the first time in history, a spacecraft from Earth has crashed into an asteroid to test a way to save our planet from extinction. The spacecraft, NASA’s Double Asteroid Rendezvous Test (DART) probe, slammed into a small asteroid 7 million miles (11 million kilometers) from Earth tonight (Sept. 26) in what … Read more

NASA’s DART asteroid mission is a rare opportunity for scientists

Before NASA’s planetary defense probe DART self-destructs by slamming into the asteroid Dimorphos next week, it will offer views of only the sixth asteroid we will have ever seen up close. Scientists are eager to get their hands on those images, as they admit that we know extremely little about the space rocks potentially threatening … Read more

Ground-based telescopes are key to DART asteroid mission success

For NASA’s DART spacecraft, the drama happens in space — but mission success relies on telescopes back on Earth. On Monday (Sept. 26), the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will slam into a small space rock called Dimorphos — on purpose, at a staggering 4 miles (6.6 kilometers) per second. The exercise comes in … Read more

What time will NASA’s DART spacecraft hit an asteroid on Sept. 26?

A NASA spacecraft will soon make history when it crashes into an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART asteroid mission, will slam a spacecraft into the tiny moon of the asteroid Didymos on Monday, Sept. 26with the impact set at 7:14 pm EDT (2314 GMT). If … Read more

DART asteroid-smashing mission ‘on track for an impact,’ NASA says

NASA is just days away from slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid 7 million miles (11 million kilometers) from Earth. The agency’s long-awaited Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will impact with the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos on Monday (Sept. 26), if all goes according to plan. The DART mission launched on Nov. 23, 2021 on … Read more

Revealing spacecraft geometry effects on impact simulations for NASA’s DART mission

The same DART spacecraft impact can result in very different craters on Dimorphos depending on what the asteroid material is like. The crater on the left is the result if Dimorphos is composed of strong rocky material, while the much larger crater shown on the right could occur if the Dimorphos is made up of … Read more

ESA deep space network tracks DART asteroid impact

Space Safety 09/20/2022 77 views 1 likes In brief Next week, all eyes will be looking up as NASA intentionally crashes the 550 kg DART spacecraft into an orbiting asteroid at high speed. ESA’s Estrack network of ground stations, Europe’s ‘eyes on the sky’, will be particularly focused on the humanmade impactor, keeping track of … Read more

NASA’s DART asteroid-impact mission will be a key test of planetary defense

When NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) slams into the tiny asteroid Dimorphos, it will be our first attempt to demonstrate our ability to deflect dangerous incoming asteroids. For decades, scientists around the world have been scanning the skysearching for potentially hazardous asteroids in the vicinity of Earth. And as astronomers discover near-Earth asteroids in … Read more

LICIA Cube will witness DART smash into asteroid Dimorphos in real time

When NASA’s DART spacecraft smashes into asteroid Dimorphos on Sept. 26, it will have a silent witness: An Italian cubesat called LICIACube will watch the ground-breaking experiment in real time for eager scientists on Earth. LICIACubeor the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids, is a 31-pound (14 kilograms) micro-satellite that has hitched a ride … Read more

DART asteroid mission: NASA’s first planetary defense spacecraft

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, or DART for short, is an ambitious project designed to test a method of deflecting an asteroid for the purpose of planetary defense, using the “kinetic impactor” technique. DART mission key facts – Launched: Nov. 24, 2021 at 1:20 am EDT (0620 GMT) – Launch site: Space Launch Complex … Read more