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|NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid at 15,000 mph. Will it make a dent?|
By Brandon Specktor 6 days ago
The explosive new mission launches on November 23.
NASA has announced the launch date for an upcoming mission to punch an asteroid in the face with a high-speed spacecraft.
The mission, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launch at 10:20 p.m. PST (7:20 p.m. EST) on Nov. 23, and it could help the world's space agencies figure out how to divert potentially lethal asteroids from impacting Earth, according to a NASA statement.
DART will test an asteroid defense plan called the kinetic impactor technique — essentially, shooting one or more large spacecraft into the path of an oncoming asteroid in order to change the space rock's motion. The target is a binary asteroid (two space rocks moving in tandem) called Didymos, which consists of one larger asteroid measuring about 2,600 feet (780 meters) in diameter and a smaller "moonlet" measuring about 525 feet (160 m) across.
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