NASA Announces Test Mission For Planetary Defense System

NASA on Thursday introduced the space agency’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a spacecraft they plan to launch later this month on a mission to crash into an asteroid.

The goal? To determine whether the impact of the spacecraft will change the asteroid’s course.

DART, which launches on November 24, will target a double asteroid Didymos and its moon Dimorphos. Neither asteroid poses a threat to the Earth, the DART team said.

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