The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that its spacecraft will deliberately collide with an asteroid to protect the planet on November 23, 2021. </p><div> <p>According to a statement by the agency, the "DART" mission, or the US Space Agency's double asteroid redirection test, will launch at 10:20 pm on November 23, 2021, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
According to NASA, after the expected launch in November, the asteroid deflection technology will be tested in September 2022 to see how it affects the movement of a near-Earth asteroid in space.
According to the source’s data, the goal of this asteroid deflection technique is “Demorphos”, a small moon orbiting the asteroid “Dedemos” close to Earth. This will be the agency’s first full demonstration of this type of technology intended to defend our planet.
Near-Earth objects are asteroids and comets that orbit within 30 million miles of it. Detecting the threat of near-Earth objects that can cause significant harm is a primary focus of NASA and other space organizations around the world.