NASA’s DART spacecraft, humanity’s first asteroid defense mission, less than one month from launch

An artistic representation of NASA’s DART mission. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

NASA is less than one month away from launching humanity’s first-ever asteroid-deflecting mission, known as DART, short for “Double Asteroid Redirection Test.”

DART is a spacecraft that will launch in late November with the purpose of deflecting an asteroid. The craft will hit an asteroid head-on in an attempt to move it onto a slightly different path. While the asteroid target does not pose a risk of impacting Earth, this will be an important, first-of-its-kind test of this kind of technology.

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NASA’s DART spacecraft, humanity’s first asteroid defense mission, less than one month from launch