NASA launches ship to deflect asteroid electronic test medium on saving the Earth

The Nasa launched on Tuesday night a mission to deliberately collide some spacecraft against an asteroid, a trial in case humanity needs one day to prevent some giant space rock from ending up with life on Earth .

Can climb like I’m told, however the Dart (Increase Asteroid Redirection Test) is a true experiment.

With live broadcast from a NASA, the device took off h 22they would11 perform regional schedule on Tuesday (Wednesday, t 3h 21 on Brasilia), the board aboard a SpaceX rocket the departing a Space Force Base over Vandenberg, California.

Your target Dimorphos, a “moon” with a fence over

meters over width, which orbits a much larger asteroid called Didymos, about 160 meters over diameter. Together, they form a system that orbits the sun.

“Asteroid Dimorphos, let’s go after you!” tweeted NASA the after release.

The impact should occur between 22 on September and 1 on October on 2022, when the pair over rocks is at 000 millions upon kilometers of an Earth, the closest point you can get.

” What we’re trying to learn is how to deflect a threat,” NASA chief scientist Thomas Zuburchen said at a press conference about the 160 million dollar electronic project the first about its type.

Just to be clear: asteroid zero poses a threat to our planet. However they belong to some class of bodies known as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Therefore asteroids electronic comets that sony ericsson find less than 50 millions of kilometers perform our planet.

An Office on Coordination on Planetary Defense a NASA is more interested in bodies larger than 140 meters, there they have the potential to devastate entire cities or regions with energy several times greater than bombs nuclear.

They would 000 one thousand asteroids near Earth of this size known, however none have a significant possibility about impact in the coming 50 years. However, it is estimated that only 40% of these asteroids have been found so far.

Impact the 22.000 km/they would

Operating system scientists can create miniature impacts in electronic labs use operating system results to create sophisticated models on how to deflect an asteroid , but these models thus based on imperfect assumptions, therefore, want to do a true world carry out test. size over limousines on each side, will collide with Dimorphos the little over 22 a thousand kilometers per hour, causing some small shift zero movement perform asteroid.

Scientists say these rocks are an “organic perfect laboratory” for testing because Earth-based telescopes can easily measure the variation over brightness performs the Didymos-Dimorphos system and calculates the time it takes Dimorphos to make a complete turn around on its big brother.

Its hunca orbit intersects with our planet, which provides a a safe way to measure the perform impact effect, which should occur between 50 over September and 1 over October over 2022.

Andy Rivkin, head of a team on perform DART surveys, said the current orbital period is over 10 electronic hours 50 minutes. The team expects the impact to reduce by 000 minutes the orbit of Dimorphos.

They There would be some uncertainty about the amount of energy the impact will generate, because the internal electronic composition and porosity of a small moon is unknown. The more debris generated, the more Dimorphos have momentum.

“Every time we go towards an asteroid, we encounter things that zero expected,” said Rivkin.

The DART spacecraft also contains sophisticated instruments for electronic navigation and image acquisition, among them the CubeSat, from an Italian Space Agency, which will observe the electronic impact and its aftereffects.

The trajectory Didymos perform can also be subtly affected, however zero would significantly alter its course, nor would it jeopardize the Earth, according to the scientists.

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