At a cost of $330 million, NASA launches a satellite to deliberately collide with an asteroid


The US space agency (NASA) is preparing to launch a satellite tomorrow, Wednesday, that will deliberately collide with an asteroid, with the aim of changing its course in the first mission of its kind, in a mission costing 330 million dollars, and NASA hopes that this mission will provide insights into how to protect the Earth from any approaching asteroid.

The spacecraft propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket made by Elon Musk’s “SpaceX” company is scheduled to lift off at 0120 am local time (0620 GMT) Wednesday from Vandenberg space base in California.

A collision with the asteroid Demorphos is scheduled for October next year.

It is noteworthy that Demorphos is an asteroid with a diameter of about 160 meters and does not pose a danger to Earth, according to NASA calculations, and this mission is designed to ensure that even after the impact, there will be no danger to the planet.

The European Space Agency’s Hera mission is scheduled to launch in 2024 to study the impact in more detail.


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