NASA to crash DART spacecraft into asteroid TODAY: Watch it LIVE online, know when, where

    You can watch NASA's DART spacecraft crashing into an asteroid live online on NASA's YouTube Channel, Facebook and more. Check details here.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Sep 26 2022, 09:20 IST
    NASA DART Mission in pics: Amazing Attack on Asteroid!
    1/6 NASA with its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission spacecraft is all set to collide with a non-hazardous asteroid called Dimorphos in order to test planetary defence on Monday, September 26. The learnings from this asteroid attack will be used to protect Earth from asteroids that are heading for a collision with our planet. According to 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. (Bloomberg)
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    2/6 Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos poses no threat to Earth. The DART spacecraft had recently got its first look at Didymos, the double-asteroid system that includes its target, Dimorphos. It is being said that in 2024, the European Space Agency (ESA) will send a space probe to Dimorphos as part of the space mission HERA. The aim of the mission is to visually investigate the aftermath of the DART probe impact. (NASA )
    3/6 When to watch: The live broadcast of the event will start on September 26 at 6 p.m., EDT. The spacecraft will impact its target asteroid at 7:14 p.m. EDT, while at 8:00 p.m. ET, the research organisation will host a post-impact press briefing. (AFP)
    4/6 Where to watch: The historic collision can be watched live online as NASA will be broadcasting the same. NASA will broadcast the live coverage of DART’s impact with the asteroid Dimorphos on NASA TV and its several social media handles like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. (AFP)
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    5/6 About asteroids: According to NASA, More than 100 tons of dust and sand sized particles are bombarded towards Earth everyday. While, about once a year, an automobile-sized asteroid hits Earth's atmosphere, creates an impressive fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface. Every 2,000 years or so, a meteoroid the size of a football field hits Earth and causes significant damage to the area. Only once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten Earth's civilization comes along. Impact craters on Earth, the moon and other planetary bodies are evidence of these occurrences. (AP)
    6/6 Space rocks smaller than about 25 meters (about 82 feet) will most likely burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere and cause little or no damage. By comparison, asteroids that populate the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and pose no threat to Earth, can be as big as 940 kilometers (about 583 miles) across. (MINT_PRINT)
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    Know where to watch NASA's DART spacecraft crash into an asteroid live. (NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab)

    The day is finally here, when NASA will be testing its technology in a unique way. It will find out if it can protect and defend Earth against asteroids or comets that head towards it at high speed. NASA under its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission will be crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid called Dimorphos to test the defence mechanism today, September 26. DART will become the first ever space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor. Also, the entire event will be broadcast live by NASA and people all over the world can watch it live online.

    "Just 1 more day! DART will become the first-ever space mission to demonstrate #asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor. Are you ready to watch history in the making? Watch @NASA's #DARTMission LIVE tomorrow at 6pm ET.," NASA Asteroid Watch tweeted.

    It can be known that the DART spacecraft will deliberately collide into the asteroid Dimorphos to change its speed and path. NASA has tweeted earlier, "on September 26, DART will intentionally crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos. While the asteroid poses no threat to Earth, this is the world's first test of the kinetic impact technique, using a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid for planetary defense." Want to watch the historic event live online? Here is when and where.

    NASA's DART Mission: When and where to watch live online

    On Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m. ET (3:30 a.m., IST), NASA will broadcast the live coverage of DART's impact with the asteroid Dimorphos on NASA TV and over its social media handles including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The spacecraft will impact its target asteroid at 7:14 p.m. ET (4:44 a.m. IST), while at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:30 a.m. IST), the research organisation will host a post-impact press briefing. Check the direct links below to watch the NASA's DART Mission live online:

    NASA website

    NASA Facebook Account

    NASA Twitter Account

    NASA YouTube Account.

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    First Published Date: 26 Sep, 09:19 IST
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