Our planet can be a beautiful place at times, but one day a giant asteroid may decide to put an end to our collective fun. Compared to other stellar objects, it does not take much space to damage the rocky planet - even an asteroid 150 meters high is large enough to pose a "significant threat" to Earth. That's why NASA is working on DART: the Double Asteroid Reflection Test.
Since it's impossible to completely stop a moving asteroid with our current level of technology, and we're still building a sci-fi shield across the planet, the next step is aberration. The best option in humanity's arsenal of deviance is exactly what DART hopes to do. Special achievement will handle use. A NASA asteroid target hopes to destroy these potentially dangerous asteroids in such a way that Earth will no longer be in its way. However, this is a long-term goal. In the short term, NASA needs to make sure its technology works: This is where the first proper test is done. p>
We must be clear, according to NASA, that Didymos is not currently a threat to Earth. This is why the organization wants to use him as a famous pilot. If NASA's calculations are correct, the collision of DART with Didymus' "satellite" would change its orbit around The original object by “one-thousandth of a percent.” This equates to a few minutes of "orbital" change that must be observed and measured with ground-based telescopes.
Being able to observe Didymus' little brother is a command critical to mission success. NASA relies on visual cues to determine if it has successfully derailed, including how many times the moonlight dims the light it washes in front of Didymus.
It will take some time for us normal people to get this data, but it's still an exciting time and we can't wait to see if the DART job will succeed. Let's hope there are no problems launching tonight. p>
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