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The NASA launched Tuesday night one mission to crash deliberately a spaceship against a asteroid, a rehearsal in case humanity needs one day prevent a giant space rock from killing life in the Land.

It may sound like science fiction, but the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is a real experiment. Broadcast live on NASA television, the device took off aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Your goal is Dimorphos, a ‘moon’ about 160 meters wide, what surrounds a much larger asteroid called Didymos (780 meters in diameter). Together, they form a system that orbits the Sun.

Asteroid Dimorphos, we’re coming for you!“NASA tweeted after the launch. It later stated that the DART had successfully parted of the second part of the rocket.

“We have received our first signs of #DARTMission, which will continue to deploy its solar panels in the next few hours and prepare for its 10-month round trip to the asteroid“added the space agency.

The impact should occur in the Otoño boreal 2022, when the pair of rocks meet 11 million kilometers from Earth, the closest point they can get to.

“What we are trying to learn it is how to deflect a threat“said the chief scientist of the NASA, Thomas Zuburchen, in a teleconference with the press about the $ 330 million project and the first of its kind.

Is there a possibility that an asteroid will hit Earth?

They know each other 10 thousand near-Earth asteroids of a size of 140 meters or more, but none have a significant chance of impact in the next 100 years. However, it is estimated that only 40% of these asteroids have been found to date.


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