SpaceX and NASA plan to crash a satellite into an asteroid next week | Engadget

Today, the rocket company shared that it has completed a static fire test and is targeting November 21st as the launch date of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). With this stage complete, SpaceX and NASA look set to go ahead next week.DART is targeting a binary asteroid with two bodies called Didymos (the Greek word for "twin"). The binary asteroid would have passed Earth safely in 2022 and again in 2024 they weren't on track to make contact with our planet. But NASA has already identified at least 23 objects that could potentially collide with us over the next 100 years. Didymos B is 160 meters (about 174 yards) large, and orbits the larger Didymos A, which is 780 meters in size. Coming up with a defense strategy is key to protecting humanity should Armageddon ever be on the horizon. Please enter a valid email address
Since 2017, NASA has been in the process of testing to see whether crashing a satellite into an asteroid can change its course, enlisting the help of SpaceX on this endeavor in 2019. Today, the rocke… [+1213 chars]