HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The experiment will take place under the title of DART
  • The SpaceX rocket, indulged with the event will take off on Tuesday from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California
  • Top-notch NASA scientist has confirmed that the experiment was to learn how to combat a threat

NASA has once again set off in one of its audacious ventures, aiming at a deliberate commission of a spacecraft into an asteroid, in order to tilt the latter’s course. The experiment is scheduled to be conducted under the title of DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test). The SpaceX rocket, associated with the experiment, is scheduled to take off on Tuesday, at 10.21 pm, from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The company owned by Elon Musk tweeted, “All systems and weather are looking good for tonight’s Falcon 9 launch.” The mission intends to transmogrify the route of a “moonlet” named Dimorphos, which is nearly 525 feet in size. The moonlet shadows a bigger asteroid named Didymos.

The asteroids do not pose a significant impact on the earth, however, the space organization aims at something greater. NASA scientist Thomas Zuburchen said, “What we’re trying to learn is how to deflect a threat.” The impact of the launch scheduled to take place today will occur in 2022. The entire project involves a cost of $330 million.

The experiments to deflect the threats posed by asteroids can be conducted by NASA scientists in the laboratory itself, however, they do not show the same superiority as the original. Several beneficial conditions, including the ability to judge the brightness of Didymos-Dimorphos, make it an “ideal natural laboratory.”

The DART probe has been ornamented with solar panels on its sides and will face an encounter with the Dimorphos at a speed of 15,000 miles an hour. High-end instruments for navigation and photography have been installed in the DART probe. This includes the Italian Space Agency’s Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids (LICIACube), in order to trace out the after-effects of the commission.

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