And NASA launched, on Tuesday night, Wednesday from California, a spacecraft “DART” towards space, on a mission to change the course of an asteroid.
The Dart was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket owned by SpaceX.
According to Science Alert, the spacecraft will head towards A pair of asteroids, one a small moon called “Demorphos”, the other an asteroid called “Didymos”.
The source explained that the small moon is about the size of a football field, and it is expected to reach it “dart” In September 2022.
“We’re going to hit it hard, but we’re going to hit it with a very small vehicle,” Ed Reynolds, director of the DART project at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said at a news conference on Monday.
Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, said: “This is a test. We don’t want to be in a situation where an asteroid is heading toward Earth Then we have to test that kind of ability.”
If the mission succeeds, DART will prove that technology can alter dangerous asteroids’ paths.