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.