NASA will be sending out a spacecraft next month to redirect two asteroids away from Earth.
The organization’s DART mission aims to hit one of the asteroids, Didymoon, in October of 2022.
Didymoon orbits a rock Didymos and measures 500 feet wide.
"NASA will launch a spacecraft next month to hit an asteroid — on purpose — to change its path, testing for the first time a method of 'planetary defense.'"https://t.co/GHhbCWjqwy
— HumanProgress.org (@HumanProgress) October 7, 2021
“DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique, which involves sending one or more large, high-speed spacecraft into the path
of an asteroid in space to change its motion,” NASA said in a statement.
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