“This is a major stepping stone for NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and planet Earth.”

NASA wants to test its planetary defence spacecraft

#Space

Sun, Jan 6th, 2019 08:00 by capnasty NEWS

In order to avoid the faith suffered by dinosaurs, NASA has announced the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission by testing its planetary defense spacecraft against an actual asteroid.

The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software. The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of one percent, enough to be measured using telescopes on Earth.

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