Webb and Hubble capture detailed views of DART impact

Webb and Hubble capture detailed views of DART impact

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 […]

After DART comes Hera

After DART comes Hera

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 […]

Redwire Technology Enables NASA Planetary Defense Test Mission

Redwire Technology Enables NASA Planetary Defense Test Mission

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 DART: A Game of Stones in Space. Watch Live on Space Channel!

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 […]

Meet the Backbone of the Hera asteroid mission

Backbone of Hera asteroid mission

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 […]

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Mission Propelled by Aerojet Rocketdyne

“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.

NASA’s First Mission to Deflect an Asteroid

NASA’s First Mission to Deflect an Asteroid

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.