NASA Invites Media to Witness World's First Planetary Defense Test

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world's first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, will impact its target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 26.


NASA Invites Media to Witness World's First Planetary Defense Test



Among other activities, NASA will host a televised briefing beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. APL is the builder and manager of the DART spacecraft for NASA.

This test will show a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a target asteroid and intentionally collide with it to change the asteroid's motion in a way that can be measured using ground-based telescopes. DART will provide important data to help better prepare for an asteroid that might pose an impact hazard to Earth, should one ever be discovered.

The following is a list of activities for DART's impact with the asteroid Dimorphos (all times Eastern):

Monday, Sept. 129 a.m. – NASA will host a hybrid media day at APL focused on the technology enabling the DART spacecraft to autonomously navigate to and impact its target asteroid. Participants include leaders from NASA and the DART mission team. In-person attendees will have an opportunity to tour the DART mission operations center at APL, located at 11100 Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel, Maryland.


Become a Planetary Defender

Support the DART mission by becoming a "Planetary Defender!" Participants who take a short quiz will earn a certificate and badge they can download, print, and share on social media.

For more information about the DART mission, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/dartmission

SOURCE NASA

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