On Thursday, the US space agency reviewed the Dart spacecraft, which will carry out NASA’s first planetary defense mission.
NASA plans to launch DART later this month, on a mission to smash into an asteroid and determine if the spacecraft’s impact will alter its course.
The US Space Agency considers any object close to Earth a “potential danger”, if it is located within 0.05 astronomical units and is more than 460 feet in diameter.
A Reuters report stated that “DART” will be launched on November 24, and it will target the asteroid “Didymos” and its moon “Demorphos”.
“This is a test. We don’t want to be in a situation where an asteroid is heading towards Earth and then we have to test that kind of ability,” Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told reporters.
“We want to know how the spacecraft operates and how it will react,” he added.
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