NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Asteroid

( Real-Life  Don't Look Up)

The DART spacecraft was launched on 24 November 2021 with a target of two asteroids (Didymos - 525foot) orbiting each other about 11 million kilometers (nearly 6.84 million miles) from Earth.

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was the first mission to deliberately and measurably alter an asteroid's motion, and it took place at 11.15 pm UTC on September 26th.

(NASA/Johns Hopkins APL)

The mission's objective is to demonstrate a technique that might one day be used to redirect asteroids on collision courses with Earth in the future.

The total cost of this mission is $325 million

See how DART impacted the asteroid in the video below.

In a news conference following the collision, Mission Control's Adams stated that "as far as we can tell, our first planetary defense test was a success." The room erupted in applause. “I think Earthlings should sleep better, Definitely, I will.

On Twitter earlier in the day, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson reminded people that this is not a movie plot. He added: "We've all seen it on movies like 'Armageddon', but real-life stakes are higher."

NASA's senior climate adviser Katherine Calvin said, “The dinosaurs didn't have a space program to help them know what was coming, but we do,” in reference to the mass extinction that occurred 66 million years ago caused by a major asteroid impact or volcanic eruption.

Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division, said, "Now is when the science starts. Now we’re going to see for real how effective we were.”

It may take a few months to determine how much the asteroid's path was altered. Now, let me say this; What if NASA deflected this giant asteroid into a course that now threatens the planet?


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