Anti-ARMAGEDDON Mission: NASA to test planetary defenses to divert
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Anti-ARMAGEDDON Mission: NASA to test planetary defenses to divert asteroid
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is set to launch Tuesday in what might look more akin to a Hollywood epic.
The mission plans to shoot a rocket-propelled spacecraft (apparently the rough size of a golf cart) directly into the asteroid moon Dimorphos. The kinetic impact should curb its speed and even adjust its orbit.
Fortunately, Dimorphos poses no current threat to Earth in the faraway asteroid
system of Didymos. The DART exercise is intended to provide assurances should the planetary defense system be needed.