Two of the great space observatories, the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have captured views of a unique experiment to smash a spacecraft into a small asteroid. Observations of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impact mark the first time that Webb and Hubble were used to simultaneously observe the same celestial […]
The night of 26 September 2022 made space history – as the moment when NASA’s DART spacecraft impacted the Dimorphos asteroid in an attempt to divert its course – humankind’s first planetary defense test. Next, in 2024, ESA launches its Hera spacecraft to investigate the post-impact asteroid. In fact, Hera is not one spacecraft but […]
Congratulations to NASA for the Successful Impact of the DART Mission against the Asteroid Dimorphos
NASA’s DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test After 10 months flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied […]
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is humanity’s first attempt to change the motion of an asteroid in space by intentionally crashing a spacecraft into it. DART’s target asteroid is not a threat to Earth but is the perfect testing ground to see if this method of asteroid deflection – known as the kinetic impactor technique – would […]
Redwire Corporation is providing critical navigation components and Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) technology for NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the world’s first planetary defense test mission which is set to impact the binary asteroid system Didymos on September 26, 2022, at 7:14 p.m. ET. Powered by two ROSA wings and guided by digital sun sensors produced by Redwire, DART has successfully traveled […]
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) attempts humanity’s first-ever test of planetary defense! The DART spacecraft will intentionally crash into asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, September 26, 2022, to see if kinetic force can change its orbit. Why? If this test is successful, the same technique could be used to deflect an […]
Adapted from ESA Agency page. In a Swiss cleanroom, this historic object has been taking shape. Made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer, this is the central core of ESA’s Hera asteroid mission for planetary defense. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently on its way to the Didymos asteroid pair in deep space, to test the kinetic […]
“Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role on this mission is two-fold: enabling the DART spacecraft to successfully navigate and impact its target with our chemical propulsion system, and demonstrating an innovative, new electric propulsion technology that could support future deep space, national security space and commercial missions,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen P. Drake.
An asteroid is hurdling toward Earth, and NASA is going to stop it. At 1:21 a.m. EST, Nov. 24 (06:21 UTC), the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, embarking on a suicide mission to deflect an asteroid’s trajectory.
This mission is targeted to launch at 1:21 a.m. EST, Nov. 24 (06:21 UTC), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.