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 be a viable way to protect our planet if an asteroid on a collision course with Earth were discovered in the future.
DART will impact its target asteroid, Dimorphos, a small moonlet orbiting a larger asteroid by the name of Didymos, at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 26.
Space Channel will be using NASA’s live feed to broadcast coverage of DART’s impact with Dimorphos starting Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. EDT. You can also watch a live feed from DART’s camera instrument, DRACO, in the moments leading up to the impact below.