In a recent development, NASA has revealed that SpaceX will fly its Double Asteroid Redirection Test ( DART) planetary-defence probe. The total launch price for NASA is estimated to be about $69 million.
Information about DART Mission
Double Asteroid Redirection Test ( DART) is a scheduled space mission that will demonstrate the kinetic impacts of crashing an impactor space capsule right into an asteroid moon for planetary protection goals.
The objective is meant to evaluate whether a spacecraft collision might successfully deflect an asteroid on a clash with Earth.
DART Planetary-Defense Mission
- DART planetary-defence objective will certainly be sent forth by the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2021.
- The space probe will most likely pound into “Didymoon,” the 540-foot-wide (165 meters) satellite of the near-Earth asteroid Didymos which lies at around 4 million miles from Eart in October 2022.
- Researchers will observe the encounter with telescopes and also determine the adjustment in the Didymoon’s orbit around the asteroid.
- Scientists intend to relocate just a fraction of a per cent off its path, which suffices to disperse any future asteroids off path given that Didymos poses no danger to Earth.
It is noteworthy that DART won’t be the initial space probe to strike an asteroid. Earlier in April, Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe smashed a copper cannonball into the space rock Ryugu, to unearth pristine subsurface substance for research.