There are many stories over the years of how asteroids came close to hitting Earth. The most recent really last month which saw the orbit of the asteroid pass through Antarctica 1,800 miles from Earth, making it one of the most recent encounters we have reached. ai.
However, what if one day the asteroid’s path collides with Earth’s, then what? That’s something we probably shouldn’t wait to find out, which is why SpaceX is working with NASA to test its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) program tomorrow on November 23 at 10:21 pm PT .
NASA will deliberately destroy the DART spacecraft on an asteroid to see if it is a useful way to change its course, should an asteroid be found to endanger Earth in the future.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 19, 2021
This would deliberately launch a spacecraft into an asteroid to see if the impact would be effective enough to change the course of the spacecraft. an asteroid when one day it finds him on a path to Earth. The actual crash will not happen tomorrow, but it will be on October 2, 2022 when the spacecraft is expected to crash into the binary asteroid called Didymos. .
Keep in mind that Didymos was not an asteroid bound for Earth to begin with, but was chosen as a test case for DART. Meanwhile, NASA is done identified at least 23 objects it could collide with our planet in the next 100 years, so it’s safer than miserable.