Luxembourg, 18 February 2021. – Launch in November: DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Take a look at and NASA’s first flight demonstration for planetary protection, is now scheduled for a launch finish of November, the company stated.
DART “will try a way that would someday be used to stop an impression by a hazardous asteroid. To prioritize each mission success & staff security I’ve directed that we pursue the secondary launch window, which opens Nov 24”, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA science director, stated on Twitter.
“This secondary launch window nonetheless permits the DART spacecraft to reach at its goal inside a number of days of the unique schedule”, Zurbuchen stated. “There, on the Didymos binary asteroid system, it is going to try its kinetic impression check and without end change the best way we take into consideration defending our planet.”
The European Asteroid Affect Mission (AIM) – carried out by the European House Company (ESA) – enhances DART and is to observe intently the way it hits Didymoon and study the results on the physique itself and its orbit.