NASA DART Mission LIVE! Watch as spacecraft collides with asteroid

    NASA DART Mission- spacecraft is set to collide with its target asteroid Dimorphos on September 26. Here’s where and when to watch the livestream of the event.
    By: SHAURYA TOMER
    | Updated on: Sep 12 2022, 15:48 IST
    NASA: DART Mission set to DEFLECT giant asteroid
    Asteroids
    1/5 Apocalyptic movies like Deep Impact, Armageddon and Don't Look Up have always explored the ‘What Ifs’ of world destruction. Now, NASA is set to defend the planet against a very similar threat that is posed by asteroids. (Pixabay)
    DART mission
    2/5 The DART mission will cost a staggering $240 million. The aim of the mission is to smash a spacecraft into the Dimorphos asteroid to deflect it away from its path. While this asteroid in no way threatens Earth, the NASA asteroid mission is to carry out an experiment to gain greater knowledge as to what happens when a craft is crashed against a space rock. This knowledge will be used if an actual asteroid threatens to crash against the Earth. It will help avert an Armageddon on Earth and perhaps, even save humanity from extinction. (NASA)
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    3/5 According to Financial Times, chief scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Andy Cheng, came up with the DART concept along with a senior researcher. Dr. Cheng said, “It feels very exciting — like a dream come true — for something we’ve been thinking about for 20 years to be actually happening." (Pixabay)
    Asteroid
    4/5 The DART mission has already sent the main spacecraft to space in November, 2021. It includes a satellite made by the Italian Space Agency. Another spacecraft is set to launch by 2026, to measure the impact. (NASA)
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    5/5 NASA said, "DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection by changing an asteroid’s motion in space through kinetic impact." (Pixabay)
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    How to watch the livestream of NASA’s DART Mission which is set to take place on September 26. (NASA)

    NASA is planning to conduct the first test of its DART Mission in a bid to bolster planetary defense against stray asteroids that head for impact with Earth. The mission will cost a staggering $240 million. According to NASA, the DART Mission spacecraft will collide with its target asteroid Dimorphos on September 26. The DART mission has already launched the main spacecraft in November, 2021. It includes a satellite made by the Italian Space Agency. Another spacecraft is set to launch by 2026, to measure the impact.

    Speaking about the DART Mission, NASA said, “DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection by changing an asteroid's motion in space through kinetic impact.” The aim of the mission is to smash a spacecraft into the Dimorphos asteroid to deflect it away from its path. This test will help scientists gain greater knowledge as to what happens when a craft is crashed against a space rock. This knowledge will be used if an actual asteroid threatens to crash against the Earts to save humanity from a tragedy, even extinction.

    After the collision, the European Space Agency's Hera spacecraft will fly to the asteroid to survey the aftermath of impact and gather information such as the size of impact crater, the mass of the asteroid and its make-up and internal structure.

    How to watch DART Mission livestream

    Although the collision between the DART spacecraft and the Dimorphos asteroid will take place nearly 11 million kilometers away in space, NASA has sent a smaller spacecraft with a camera that will record the entire event.

    The collision is going to take place on September 26 at 4:44 AM IST (7:14 PM ET). The livestream will begin at 3:30 AM IST (6 PM ET). To watch the event, you can go to NASA's official website, YouTube channel as well as Facebook and Twitter handls. The Virtual Telescope Project will also livestream the event.

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    First Published Date: 12 Sep, 15:48 IST
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