This bit of news reads like sci-fi fantasy, but it’s very much real. NASA is planning to deliberately crash a spacecraft valued at $330 million dollars into an asteroid.
Why? According to The Guardian, they are doing it “to test if it can avert sci-fi fears of catastrophic impact with Earth.”
The Double Asteroid Redirect Test spacecraft (or DART), will act as a battering ram and crash into an asteroid on September 26.
NASA said last Thursday, “while the asteroid poses no threat to Earth, this is the world’s first test of the kinetic impact technique, using a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid for planetary defense.”
Back in November 2021, the space agency launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket along with DART from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
As explained by Fox Weather, “now, 10 months later, DART will catch up with the asteroid by executing three trajectory correction maneuvers over the next three weeks.