NASA Dart (Double Asteroid Redirection Test)

NASA DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test

Recently, NASA Dart spacecraft is about to collide with the asteroid Dimorphos.

This vehicle was launched in the year 2021. It is a low cost spacecraft. Its weight is about 610 kg.

Dimorphos orbits a large asteroid called ‘Didimos’.NASA Dart (Double Asteroid Redirection Test)

The mission will be the first to test the “kinetic impactor” method of a planetary defense system. This involves altering the trajectory of asteroids that pose a risk of crashing into Earth. The spacecraft is made by colliding.

It will share the image of the double-steroid system through an instrument called the Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera (DRACO) for optical navigation.

It also carried a small satellite or CubeSat. Its name is LICIA Cube (Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging Asteroids). This small vehicle will send pictures after the collision back to Earth.

Source – The Hindu

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