Very soon the DART probe will crash into the asteroid Dimorph

NASA reports that on September 27 at 02:14 UTC, the DART probe launched by Elon Musk last November will crash into the asteroid Dimorph, which measures 165 meters in diameter.

Very soon, the DART probe will crash into the asteroid Dimorph

The purpose of the operation is to test the quality of this method, to modify the flight path of an asteroid when there is a potential threat of collision of an object of similar size with the Earth.

The experiment will be observed from Earth and, if the calculations prove correct, the orbit of the celestial body will change slightly after the collision. In theory, this should be enough to keep the threat away from our planet, in case it is really necessary.

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