NASA is launching its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission to evaluate its technology for preventing a hazardous asteroid from striking Earth.

NASA’s DART is targeted to launch at 10:20 p.m. PST on November 23 (1:20 a.m. EST, November, 24), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Live coverage of the launch will air on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the space agency’s website.

DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique, which involves sending one or more large, high-speed spacecrafts into the path of an asteroid in space to change its motion. Its target is the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos and its moonlet, revealed NASA.

NASA also invited media persons to apply for media credentials for the planned launch in November. Media organizations may apply in the link mentioned in the tweet.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is directed by NASA to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) with support from several NASA centers:  the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Johnson Space Center (JSC), Glenn Research Center (GRC), and Langley Research Center (LaRC). 

The DART mission is in Phase C, led by APL and managed under NASA’s Solar System Exploration Program at Marshall Space Flight Center for NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and the Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. 

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