NASA and SpaceX prepare the DART mission to try to change the course of an asteroid

The spacecraft DART of NASA is to deflect an asteroid target and reach its target between September and October next year.

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Final testing for testing planetary defense of NASA is already underway. The mission is scheduled to intentionally crash into an asteroid in an attempt to divert its path.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will attempt to hit the asteroid Dimorphos , which in turn orbits a larger asteroid called Didymos .

None of these celestial bodies pose a threat to Earth , but this mission aims to test the technological capabilities to deflect an asteroid .

The DART mission

DARTE will be launched aboard a rocket Falcon 9 of SpaceX this November 23 1:20 a.m. ET / Peruvian time . Coverage of the mission will begin at 12:30 am ET / Peruvian time through official NASA channels on YouTube , application and website .

The DART spacecraft will hit its target between September and October next year, this will allow Earth scientists to measure the effectiveness of a controlled collision to deflect a potentially dangerous asteroid for our planet.