The US space agency, NASA, is preparing to launch a satellite today, Wednesday, to deliberately collide with an asteroid, with the aim of changing its course in the first mission of its kind.
The spacecraft propelled by a “Falcon 9” rocket made by Elon Musk’s “SpaceX” company is scheduled to launch from the 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.
NASA hopes this $330 million mission will provide insights into how to protect Earth from any approaching asteroid.
Why are we crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid more than 6 million miles away?
– NASA (@NASA) November 19, 2021