If someone prevents Deep Impact actually happens, it’s NASA.

It could have been a comet in the movie, but the asteroid killers could do just as well to provoke Armageddon. Asteroids enter the atmosphere every day but end up being cremated in the upper atmosphere before everyone can run to the nearest shelter.

It is space that is large enough to escape the burning, so the double asteroid redirection test (DART) of the space agency, which recently announced its mission to divert a small asteroid from its earthly journey.

Even an asteroid that has no potential for mass extinction could mean dire consequences for the Earth. DART is now in its preliminary design phase, and its proto race, scheduled for October 2022, is the system of binary asteroids Dídimo (which means “twin” in Greek) as it heads towards Earth.

Weapon B orbit the largest A and is large enough to cause serious damage if it hits our planet.

NASA plans to focus on the smallest asteroid in the system with a DART spacecraft about the size of its refrigerator, except that the devices do not approach space nine times faster than a bullet and s’ hit moving objects.

The impact of the shift collision slightly predicted the total velocity of the asteroid before it is possible to run towards us.

“A binary asteroid is an ideal natural laboratory for this test,” said Tom Statler, a scientist on the DART program.

“The fact that Doymus B is orbiting Didymus A makes it easier to see impact results and ensure that the experience does not change the orbit of the pair around the sun.”
Scientists back on Earth will analyze the impact and its effect on the orbit of Didymus B to determine if we could actually send asteroids that threaten much more in the future. It may be believed that the insignificant fall seems to have moved the asteroid path significantly over time and away from Earth.

After its initial launch, DART will continue to use its built-in self-zero focusing system on intermediate asteroids that can not literally shake the planet, but could still wipe out a whole city.

NASA had a telescopic eye on those, which launched the Office of Planetary Defense Coordination (SOP) last year to identify and take action against potentially dangerous asteroids and kite.

“DART is a crucial step in proving that we can protect our planet for a future impact on the asteroid,” said Andy Cheng, leader of the Applied Physics Laboratory Research Team Johns Hopkins, who works with NASA to develop DART.

“With DART, we can show how to protect Earth from an asteroid attack with a kinetic pinch of hitting the dangerous object on a different flight path that does not threaten the planet.”

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