NASA and SpaceX team up to save Earth from asteroids.
To perform a realistic defense simulation of Earth, equipment will hit moon orbiting the asteroid 65803 Didymos.
The NASA teamed up with private company SpaceX aerospace systems in the mission Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which seeks to defend the Earth from any possible asteroid will reach our planet.
The company of billionaire Elon Musk will contribute $69 billion worth of DART to happen.
The mission will begin with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, which will be sent into space in June 2021, departing from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA.
In October 2022, a satellite will hit the moon orbiting the asteroid 65803 Didymos when it is 11 million kilometers from Earth.
The idea is to change the direction of the asteroid to learn how to defend our planet in the future, in case some huge star can reach us in a way that causes the extinction of the human species.
Discovered in 1996, the asteroid is about 800 meters in diameter and its satellite is about 150 meters in diameter.
The spatial objection gained the name Didymos, which means “twin” in Greek, because of the presence of the natural satellite orbiting the asteroid.
“Many missions of science seem to be focused on understanding the past of the Solar System. Already planetary defense has to do with our solar system in the present, “DART scientist Nancy Chabot told Space.com.
Seven years after DART, another mission will be made by the Italian Space Agency to study the data and search for clues to prove if indeed the 65803 Didymos asteroid has changed its path.