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An illustration released by ESA shows the asteroid system Didymos and Dimorphos being hit by NASA's DART. This is scheduled to take place on September 22 next year.
An illustration released by ESA shows the asteroid system Didymos and Dimorphos being hit by NASA's DART. This is scheduled to take place on September 22 next year. Photo: ESA / AFP / NTB
Nasa and SpaceX merge in their historic defense mission.
Silje Robertsen
Oct 10 2021 08:45 - Updated 10 Oct. 2021 21:30

On November 23, NASA's DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) system will take off from Earth on board a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The rocket will take off from Vandenberg Space Force Base and fly in the direction of the asteroid Dimorphos, a small moon belonging to the larger asteroid Didymos, writes CNN.

The asteroid is a near-Earth object and is classified as potentially dangerous. Near-Earth objects are asteroids and comets whose orbits go closer than 45 million kilometers away from Earth. Identifying and observing such objects is one of NASA's foremost missions.


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The collision with Didymos' moon Dimorphos is NASA's first full-scale mission performed as part of the planet's defense. According to the plan, the actual collision will take place on September 22, 10 months after take-off from Earth.

"DART is the first step in defending Earth against potentially dangerous asteroids," Nasa researcher Andrea Riley told CNN.

It was about 20 years ago that it was discovered that the larger asteroid Didymos had a small moon in tow. Didymos is about two kilometers in diameter, while the moon Dimorphos is about 160 meters in diameter.

On September 22, Didymos and the passenger Dimorphos will be about 11 million kilometers from Earth. Thus, Nasa has had the collision test served on a silver platter.

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The DART program will defend the Earth against potential threats from asteroids. Photo: Nasa / AFP / NTB
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Dimporphos was chosen because of its proximity to Earth, and because it is the size of other asteroids that could potentially pose a threat to our planet.

The mission is for DART to intentionally collide with Dimorphos and thus change the asteroid's trajectory and speed. The collision will be observed by the Italian satellite LICIACube, which will join DART's journey and be disconnected before the actual collision takes place. Astronomers will be able to observe how much Dimporphos' orbit is affected by the collision.

- It will be crucial in our understanding of how asteroids react to our defense system, says researcher Tom Statler, who is one of the heads behind the DART program for CNN.

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A couple of years after the collision, scientists from the European Space Agency will carry out a new observation and map how both Dimorphos and the parent asteroid Didymos have been affected.

The hope is that Dimorphos will lose speed, which will shorten its cycle by several minutes. If the mission is successful, it is the first time people intentionally change the dynamics of an object in the solar system in a way that is measurable.

The most important purpose, however, is to give researchers a clear indication that the defense system works, should we face a real threat in the future.
 

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This is amazing, considering the necessary timing to accomplish this feat. Regardless of success or not, it'll be a data collection treasure trove.
 

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Sounds amazing, looking forward to the data on that!
 
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If countries keep acting in their self-interest (which Iโ€™m sure they will), all of this science will soon be fully weaponized and used on each otherโ€™s populations. Much to the chagrin of the Air Force, the Yankee government created a โ€œSpace Forceโ€. The French too. Yup letโ€™s keep building weapons instead of helping people and helping families with their lives.

We should send a couple of politicians and military leaders on these vessels and have them sacrifice themselves for the people they claim they care about. :)
 

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If countries keep acting in their self-interest (which Iโ€™m sure they will), all of this science will soon be fully weaponized and used on each otherโ€™s populations. Much to the chagrin of the Air Force, the Yankee government created a โ€œSpace Forceโ€. The French too. Yup letโ€™s keep building weapons instead of helping people.
Thats how most tech advances are made. The poeple who claim to care don't seem interested in advancing the tech.
 

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If countries keep acting in their self-interest (which Iโ€™m sure they will), all of this science will soon be fully weaponized and used on each otherโ€™s populations. Much to the chagrin of the Air Force, the Yankee government created a โ€œSpace Forceโ€. The French too. Yup letโ€™s keep building weapons instead of helping people and helping families with their lives.

We should send a couple of politicians and military leaders on these vessels and have them sacrifice themselves for the people they claim they care about. :)
Considering how an asteroid of a particular magnitude or larger has the potential to destroy the Earth and/or most living organisms, umm...you're barking up the wrong tree.
 
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