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Double Asteroid Redirection Test

  • 16th November, 2021
  • On November 24, NASA will launch the agency’s first planetary defense test mission named 'Double Asteroid Redirection Test' (DART).
  • The main aim of the mission is to test the newly developed technology that would allow a spacecraft to crash into an asteroid and change its course.
  • The spacecraft will be launched on a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The target of the spacecraft is a small moonlet called Dimorphos.
  • It has two solar arrays and uses hydrazine propellant for maneuvering the spacecraft. The spacecraft carries a high-resolution imager called Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical Navigation (DRACO). Images from DRACO will be sent to Earth in real-time.
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