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Although without real danger for the Earth, the asteroid Dimorphos will be deflected by NASA’s Dart probe. A way to practice defending the planet for the future.
An asteroid that would hit the Earth. This is not science fiction but a very real threat. 65 million years ago, an asteroid caused the disappearance of dinosaurs on Earth. More recently, in 2013, a shock wave from a meteorite injured more than 1,000 people in a Russian city. Preventing such a disaster is NASA’s Dart mission. A year ago, a rocket was launched inside the Dart probe, a spacecraft no bigger than a car, equipped with ultra-precise cameras.
After ten months of traveling in space 11 million kilometers from the earth, the probe is about to hit a small asteroid called Dimorphos. A test to try to deviate its trajectory, even if this asteroid does not threaten us. The impact will take place on Tuesday, September 27 at 1:14 a.m. An event broadcast live by NASA, with one challenge: to protect our planet in the future. In two years, another mission, European this time, will leave to study the consequences of this impact.