SpaceX and NASA plan to plunge satellites into asteroids next week – archyde

SAN FRANCISCO, – Since 2017 NASA is in the process of testing whether a satellite crash into an asteroid could change course. The US space agency asks for help SpaceX in this endeavor in 2019.

SpaceX is now announcing that they have completed a static fire test and are targeting November 21 as the start date for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). At 10:21 p.m. PT that day, NASA will accidentally plunge the DART probe into the asteroid to see if this is an effective way to change course should an asteroid threatening Earth be discovered in the future .

A static fire test is one of several steps in preparing a launcher for use. It checks the take-off performance of the engine and measures things like pressure and temperature. When this phase is complete, SpaceX and NASA will likely resume it next week.

DART aims at a binary asteroid with two objects called Didymos (the Greek word for “twin”). Didymos B measures 160 meters (approx. 174 yards) and circles the larger Didymos A, which measures 780 meters.

Editor: Dini Listiyani



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