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NASA DART Mission to crash into an asteroid on purpose; WATCH it live- Know how

As the world's 1st planetary defence test, NASA's DART Mission is all set to crash into an asteroid on September 26, 2022. Here is how you can watch it live.

| Updated on: Sep 07 2022, 14:54 IST
NASA: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter makes astonishing discovery
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1/6 The lunar pits found by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have mild temperatures, drastically different from the extreme conditions on the surface of the Moon. The temperatures in these caves are nearly 17 degree Celsius almost at all times. (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)
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2/6 NASA Moon recently tweeted, "Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images of pits indicate that the Moon has caves. Could they become astronaut habitats? Scientists have discovered that parts of the pits are always about 63°F (17°C), differing from extreme temperatures at the Moon's surface". (NASA)
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3/6 The surface temperatures on the Moon can go from an extremely high 127 degrees Celsius and as low as -173 degrees Celsius. "The pits, and caves to which they may lead, would make thermally stable sites for lunar exploration compared to areas at the Moon's surface, which heat up to 260 F (about 127 C) during the day and cool to minus 280 F (about minus 173 C) at night,” NASA Moon tweeted further. (NASA)
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4/6 First discovered in 2009, these lunar pits could potentially be used as location for a first Moon Base. Not only are the temperatures moderate, but these pits could also provide protection against cosmic rays, solar radiation and micrometeorites, according to NASA. (AP)
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5/6 LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said, “Lunar pits are a fascinating feature on the lunar surface. Knowing that they create a stable thermal environment helps us paint a picture of these unique lunar features and the prospect of one day exploring them.” (NASA)
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6/6 The particular pit used to analyze the thermal properties by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was in an area of the Moon known as the Mare Tranquillitatis. It is 100-meters deep and as wide as a football field. According to scientists, the overhang of the pit is responsible for creating shadows on the Moon and maintaining a temperature of nearly 17 degrees Celsius at all times. (NASA)
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Here is how you can watch NASA's DART Mission crash into an asteroid live. (NASA)

NASA will be conducting the world's 1st planetary defence test on September 26 with its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission. NASA with its DART Mission will crash a spacecraft into a non-hazardous asteroid to test the same. If you want to watch the historic collision then you can know that NASA will be broadcasting it live. But how will we know that the mission worked or not? To get the answer of the same, NASA's researchers and scientists visited Lowell Observatory, one of many observatories globally that will monitor the impact, to know about the same.

Informing about the same NASA tweeted, "Our #DARTMission will crash into a non-hazardous asteroid on purpose on Sept. 26 as the world's 1st planetary defense test. But how will we know it worked? To find out, we visited @LowellObs, one of many observatories globally that will monitor the impact."

It can be known that 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. According to the information provided by NASA, this will be the world's first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, which will impact its target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 26.

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Among other activities, NASA will host a televised briefing beginning at 6 p.m. on the day from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. APL is the builder and manager of the DART spacecraft for NASA.

"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.

When and where to watch NASA's DART Mission crash into an asteroid live

On Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m., the live coverage of DART's impact with the asteroid Dimorphos will air on NASA TV and the agency's website. The public also can watch live on agency social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. DART's kinetic impact with asteroid Dimorphos will happen at 7:14 p.m.

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First Published Date: 07 Sep, 14:54 IST