DART, NASA's First Planetary Defense Test Mission

NASA's first flight mission for planetary defense, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) seeks to test and validate a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid impact threat. The DART mission aims to shift an asteroid's orbit through kinetic impact – specifically, by smashing a spacecraft into the smaller member of the binary asteroid system Didymos.

 

Planetary Defense: NASA Prepares To Launch DART To Deflect Asteroid With Kinetic Impact.

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