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Apply NOW for NASA's DART Mission to crash spacecraft into an asteroid; deadline August 15

NASA's DART Mission spacecraft will collide with a non-hazardous asteroid on September 26, 2022. If you want to attend the event, you will have to apply for the same by tomorrow, August 15. Check details here.

| Updated on: Aug 14 2022, 18:37 IST
This asteroid is worth $10,000 Quadrillion
1/6 hereas other asteroids are generally made up of ice or rocks, this unique asteroid is made up of nickel, which is one of the building blocks of the solar system. One of the biggest asteroids in our Solar System, the 16 Psyche asteroid is made up of gold, nickel and iron deposits and is supposedly worth more than Earth's economy. The asteroid is worth nearly $10,000 Quadrillion. (NASA)
2/6 The Psyche Mission will also help scientists to study and understand iron cores, a previously unexplored building block of planet formation. The 16 Psyche asteroid mission is a part of NASA's Discovery missions. (Pixabay)
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3/6 The findings of this mission could enable scientists to develop a way of using asteroids as resources. Asteroids could come in handy when building structures in space, such as bases on other planets or even the Moon. Due to their 85 percent metal structure, they could be an excellent source of minerals. It is even said that the raw materials extracted from asteroids could even exceed the metal reserves present on Earth. (NASA)
4/6 The mission has been in the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations since March 2021. Since the launch window is limited, scientists and engineers have worked round the clock in order to finish the spacecraft's assembly in time. However, due to unexpected software issues, the mission has now been delayed and pushed to 2023. (NASA)
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5/6 NASA said, "Due to the late delivery of the spacecraft's flight software and testing equipment, NASA does not have sufficient time to complete the testing needed ahead of its remaining launch period this year, which ends on October 11. The mission team needs more time to ensure that the software will function properly in flight." (NASA)
6/6 In order to reach the asteroid, the spacecraft will fly by Mars for a gravity assist in May 2023 and, in early 2026, orbit around asteroid Psyche in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that the Psyche mission is expected to launch in both 2023 and 2024, but due to the uncertainties, the exact dates of these potential launch periods are yet to be determined. (NASA)
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Here is all you need to know about NASA's DART Mission. (Representative Image) (Pixabay)

NASA with its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission is all set to soon crash a spacecraft into a non-hazardous asteroid in order to test planetary defence techniques. The mission, if successful, will provide knowledge about what to do if an asteroid is actually heading for Earth and will crash into it, destroying much of humanity. If you want to join the research organisation to see the DART Mission intentionally crash into an asteroid, you will have to apply for the same. The last date to apply is August 15, 2022. Also, it needs to be noted that because of the security deadlines, registration is limited to U.S. citizens only. If you have a valid permanent resident card you will be processed as a U.S. citizen. The NASA Social event will occur on Monday, September 26, 2022.

"Our #DARTMission will soon collide with a non-hazardous asteroid as a test of planetary defense. Know someone who should hang with us at @JHUAPL for the main event, and share behind-the-scenes details? Tag them! Is it you? Apply by Aug. 15," NASA tweeted on Sunday. According to the information provided by NASA, this will be the world's first mission to deflect an asteroid in space. NASA's DART, built and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, will demonstrate and test asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor.

"The spacecraft will deliberately collide with a target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—to change its speed and path. If successful, DART's kinetic impact method could be used in the future if a hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth were ever discovered," NASA said in a report.

The NASA Social event will include a tour of facilities at the Johns Hopkins APL, a chance to join the research organisation as a guest for the live broadcast where DART aims to impact its target asteroid, interaction and Q&A with experts from the DART mission, an opportunity to attend a special screening of the IMAX film “Asteroid Hunters” and attend a Q&A session with the director, an opportunity to learn about other NASA missions being built at Johns Hopkins APL- like the Dragonfly Mission to Saturn's largest moon Titan.

Up to 20 social media users will be selected to attend this one-day event and will be given access similar to news media. NASA Social registration for the DART social opened on August 10 and the deadline to apply for the same is August 15 at 9 a.m. EDT.

Once to apply for the mission and after registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected. The first notifications are expected to be sent on August 22 and waitlist notifications on August 26.

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First Published Date: 14 Aug, 18:37 IST