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Ghanaian Times ghanaiantimes.com.gh 25 Nov, 2021 10:45 am

NASA launches DART mission to crash into an asteroid: What happens next

NASA launches DART mission to crash into an asteroid: What happens next

The DART probe rocketed to space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in a test run for a potentially planet-saving move.hat makes DART something of a test run for a potentially planet-saving maneuver.The teeny satellite will deploy 10 days before DART’s asteroid impact, providing essential footage of the collision and subsequent plume of materials.Ten days before DART smacks into its target, it’ll send its CubeSat out.

Nine engines of a SpaceX Falcon 9 roared to life Tuesday, launching a NASA probe from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 10:21 p.In addition, DART will be armed with a navigational toolkit with state-of-the-art directional coding, including the star tracker, to ensure it hits Dimorphos at exactly the right moment — ding, ding: the 7 million miles (11 million kilometers) checkpoint.

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