The impact of the asteroid on Earth, depending on its size, would have serious consequences, but the space agency of NASA wants to avoid it. In his plans and tests to divert the flight paths of these space bodies, he will soon be helped by a well-known company that built the largest Falcon Heavy rocket. NASA announcedwho chose SpaceX to carry out the DART mission in 2021, with which he signed a $ 69 million contract.
The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission will use the SpaceX rocket to divert the Earth's asteroid to another high-speed body. The best option for NASA was space company Elona Muska, who will provide his Falcon 9 demonstration of these plans already in June 2021. The missile will fly from the base of the Vandenberg Air Force in California in October 2022, when it will be from Earth. distant 11 million kilometers, reported Daily mail.
NASA will examine the asteroids Didymos and Didymoon
If the mission plans are met as expected, the orbit of the asteroid should be changed so that it does not hit the Earth. At the same time, NASA will use its previous knowledge to redirect flight to asteroids flying to our planet, avoiding humanity as a dinosaur-like target of millions of years ago. futurism. The DART Bowl will feature a 2.4 m long solar power rocket to be strong enough to reach an 800-meter asteroid. It will also take two small satellites on the deck to explore its surface.
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But Didymos also took the European Space Agency, which according to Fox News prepares its own autonomous spacecraft Hera for future missions. The first one can be done already in 2023. Thanks to the autonomous control, this ship could reach the asteroid at a distance of 200 meters, which allowed him to be observed closely. But Hera agrees with the portal space a part of the great mission plan of AIDA to send a NASA missile to the same asteroid system to observe another Didymos satellite, Didymoon, at a distance.