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Nasa DART mission live: ‘No cause for alarm’ as asteroid crash test set for impact

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<p>An artist’s illustration of Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission because it closes in on the asteroid Dimorphos</p><p>” src=”https://static.independent.co.uk/2022/09/23/22/dart_2.jpg?quality=75&width=982&height=726&auto=webp” srcset=”https://static.independent.co.uk/2022/09/23/22/dart_2.jpg?quality=75&width=320&auto=webp&crop=982:726,smart 320w,https://static.independent.co.uk/2022/09/23/22/dart_2.jpg?quality=75&width=640&auto=webp&crop=982:726,smart 640w”/></p><p>An artist’s illustration of Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission because it closes in on the asteroid Dimorphos</p><p> (Nasa)</p><p>Nasa‘s asteroid-deflecting DART spacecraft is closing in to its goal on Monday, 10 months after launch.</p><p>The test of the world’s first planetary defense system will determine how prepared we’re to forestall a doomsday collision with Earth.</p><p>The cube-shaped “impactor” vehicle, roughly the dimensions of a vending machine with two rectangular solar arrays, was on target to fly into the asteroid Dimorphos, about as large as a football stadium, and self-destruct around 7 pm EDT (11pm GMT) some 6.8 million miles (11 million km) from Earth.</p><p>The mission’s finale will test the flexibility of a spacecraft to change an asteroid’s trajectory with sheer kinetic force, plowing into the thing at high speed to nudge it astray simply enough to maintain our planet out of harm’s way.</p><p>If successful, it would be the primary time humanity has modified the motion of an asteroid, or any celestial body. Nasa has a live stream of the event, which yow will discover at the highest of our live blog below.</p><h2>Key Points</h2><p>Show latest update <span class=

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Nasa live stream of Dart mission counts all the way down to asteroid deflection test

Nasa is providing a live feed from a camera onboard its Didymos space craft for its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical Navigation – AKA the Draco camera – is the one instrument onboard.

The actual-time stream sends one image of the approaching asteroid per second to Earth. You’ll be able to watch it live here:

For those who’re wondering what you’re , Nasa explains: “Within the hours before impact, the screen will appear mostly black, with a single point of sunshine. That time is the binary asteroid system Didymos which is made up of a bigger asteroid named Didymos and a smaller asteroid that orbits around it called Dimorphos. Because the 7.14 pm EDT (23.14 GMT) impact of asteroid Dimorphos nears closer, the purpose of sunshine will get larger and eventually detailed asteroids might be visible.”

26 September 2022 18:34

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Autonomous mode

Nasa’s Dart spacecraft is moments away from transitioning to full autonomous navigation, counting on the pc algorithms that can guide Dart the remaining of the way in which on its terminal mission to smash into the asteroid Dimorphos.

“We’re about six minutes away from transitioning to autonomous mode by way of navigation,” Robert Braun told reporters at a press event on the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory around 3.10pm EDT Monday afternoon. APL and Jet Propulsion Laboratory enginers have been managing the Dart mission for Nasa — and guiding the spacecraft — within the months because it launched in November, 2021.

Nasa and APL might be providing updates and background to the media throughout the afternoon and into the early evening ahead of the Dart impact, which is predicted at 7.14pm EDT.

26 September 2022 20:12

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Nasa says ‘no cause for alarm’ about asteroid mission

Whoever is accountable for Nasa’s social media accounts has been busy over the past couple of hours since posting the theatrical animation of the DART mission.

Lots of users appeared concerned that deflecting the asteroid could have a knock-on effect would result in unintended damage to other planets or celestial bodies.

“There is no such thing as a cause for alarm. DART is just too small to knock Dimorphos out of its orbit around Didymos,” reads one Twitter reply from the US space agency. “This impact will change the trail of the smaller asteroid simply enough to be measured by Earth-based telescopes (lower than per cent). This asteroid is each well-known and well studied.”

26 September 2022 19:11

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Nasa says Earth ‘strikes back’ against asteroids

Nasa has shared an animation of the DART mission to its official Twitter account, with a dramatic voiceover that rivals any trailer for an apocalypse movie.

“In a galaxy where asteroids have pummelled planets for hundreds of thousands of years, now, one planet strikes back,” it says. “For the primary time in our planet’s history, Nasa will test an asteroid deflection technique. It’s the primary planetary defence approach to its kind.”

26 September 2022 17:37

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Webb telescope aimed toward asteroid

One other of Nasa’s big recent projects, the James Webb Space Telescope, goes to try to have a have a look at today’s proceedings. It’s pointing towards the asteroid that Nasa will try to smash into today.

26 September 2022 16:43

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Artemis launch attempt cancelled

Nasa will roll back its Artemis rocket from its launchpad, and surrender on launching it any time soon. The choice comes after a run of problems – essentially the most recent being an incoming tropical storm.

(This doesn’t directly affect DART, which is being run entirely individually, however it is a busy day for Nasa!)

26 September 2022 15:52

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How the DART mission could save life on Earth

Scientists will often let you know about how their work helps humanity. However it’s rare that it’s quite so obvious: the DART mission could at some point stop humanity from being worn out. Here’s how.

26 September 2022 15:28

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Nasa also looking towards the Moon and Artemis

By the tip of the day, Nasa could have a giant success on its hands with DART. However it may be coping with yet more worries from one other source: the Moon, and the Artemis rocket that goals to get there.

The rocket was meant to set off weeks ago, and after delays was meant to be setting off today. But a wide range of problems – the most recent being a tropical storm – have caused it to be delayed.

Today, Nasa could announce that they’ll need to move the rocket back off its launchpad. If that happens then there won’t be a launch until November on the earliest.

26 September 2022 14:27

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watch live

Nasa might be hosting live coverage from 6pm local eastern time, through its NASA TV platforms. The perfect strategy to watch them tends to be through YouTube, though they may be found on Nasa’s own website, and that stream is below:

Nasa can even be providing images from the spacecraft itself, starting at 5.30pm, through its media channel. That may give just the photographs, without the reason, so may be harder to follow but more peaceful. That stream is here:

26 September 2022 13:24

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Collision will occur on Monday evening

Nasa predicts that DART will crash into its asteroid, Dimorphos, at 7.14pm local time on Monday evening. That’s just after midnight within the UK.

(It would take a short time to understand it has actually done so, successfully, with engineers needing to receive after which pick through the information.)

26 September 2022 13:22

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