Yes, there really is something coming towards the earth that will have even worse affects on the nation that Biden, should it make it to us. Next month the space agency of the United States is planning to conduct an unbelievable mission to try and deflect two asteroids that are way out there in deep space to prevent them from coming to or threatening the earth.
Called the DART Mission, which stands for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, NASA plans to send a large spacecraft to the threatening pair of asteroids call the Didymos binary. The spacecraft will leave on the 24th of November on board a SpaceX rock called the Falcon 9, and will be launched from California at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.
If everything goes according to plan, DART will impact into one of the asteroids, named Didymoon, at around 13,500 mph almost a full year later on the 2nd of October, 2022.
Didymoon is over 500 ft wide and orbits around a much larger asteroid called Didymos, which is 5x larger than its counterpart.
Didymoon actually came pretty close to Earth back in 2003, as least close to Earth as far as space terms are concerned. It was about 3.7 million miles away from us.
The Daily Mail reports that one of the asteroids, Didymoon is much more likely to actually make impact with earth, because there are even more rocks in space its size that NASA and CNEOS (Center for Near-Earth Objects Studies) have observed yet.
NASA considers an object hazardous if it comes within about 4.6 million miles of earth, and it it’s more that 460 ft in diameter. There are apparently about 25,000 near earth objects, and many more that will be discovered.
The technique NASA is using is the kinetic impactor technique, where you send a high-speed, large object into an asteroid to change it’s motion. Yes, just like Armageddon in the movie. DART will be the first to actually try this technique out. NASA hopes that they will be able to deflect the asteroid from its current path and send it safely away from earth.
Author: Vivian Livingston