Space, NASA | Asteroid collision becomes test of planetary defense

Space, NASA | Asteroid collision becomes test of planetary defense
Space, NASA | Asteroid collision becomes test of planetary defense

The space agency will send a spacecraft into an asteroid to alter the object’s orbit. The maneuver is seen as a crucial test of our ability to stop cosmic objects from destroying life on Earth.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test ( Dart ) spacecraft was launched from California last November. It is rapidly approaching the target, which the spacecraft will hit at a speed of around 23,000 kilometers per hour.

Neither the small moon Dimorphos nor its orbiting big brother, Didymos, pose any threat when the pair pass the sun, at their closest over 11 million kilometers from Earth.

But the experiment is considered by Nasa to be important to carry out before an actual need arises. If all goes according to plan, the clash will take place at 1.14am on Tuesday. The collision between the spacecraft, which is the size of a car, and the asteroid, which is 160 meters long, can be followed on Nasa.

By hitting Dimorphos, the hope is to push it into a smaller orbit, cutting ten minutes off the time it takes to orbit Didymos.

If this is successful, what is attempted in science fiction films such as “Armageddon” and “Don’t Look Up” will become reality.

The experts see clear signs in occupied areas: – Very serious

The article is in Norwegian

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