DART Mission To Be Launched by NASA

NASA is set to launch the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft on November 24, 2021.

Updated: Oct 07, 2021 12:16:43 pm

07 October 2021 Current Affairs:NASA is set to launch the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft on November 24, 2021.

♦ NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will be launched in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
♦ The Mission is set to launch on November 24, 2021, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.
♦ NASA aims to build advanced technologies to protect the Earth from dangerous asteroid collisions. 
♦ There had been numerous warnings from astronomers and scientists that there might be an asteroid Collision without a proper defence system.
♦ The DART mission is based on the idea of developing a defence system against asteroid collisions. It is in the final stages of advancement.
♦ Under the mission, spacecraft will be sent towards the Didymos asteroid system, approximately 109.4 kilometres away from Earth.
♦ Didymos system comprise of two asteroids , Didymos and Dimorphos. The spacecraft will hit Dimorphos to decide if kinetic impactor technology can secure or deflect asteroids. 
♦ Kinetic impactor technology requires flying the spacecraft directly into a small Solar System body.

DART spacecraft
♦ DART spacecraft comprises compressed Roll-Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) and a Didymos Reconnaissance & Asteroid Camera for Optical (DRACO) navigation.
♦ This suicidal spacecraft will hit the system at the speed of 24,140 Kmph.
♦ This spacecraft has been built and improved at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
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