If you’ve seen Armageddon then you know that scientists don’t really have a great plan in case an asteroid is headed for earth. Of course that was just a movie, but the possibility is real, and there should at least be a basic plan in place. And NASA has been working to have a plan ready just in case. One of the plans they’re trying is to actually crash a satellite into an asteroid to see how much, if at all, it can be deflected and knocked off course. And that’s happening this coming Monday, September 26th, 2022!
Want to know what’s even cooler? They have cameras on the satellite and will be beaming back live video from the impact, and streaming it on the web. Yes, we can watch it happen! Its called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART. The impact is scheduled for 7:14 pm EST, and since NASA has sent the satellite approximately 6.8 MILLION miles to make the impact, you can be pretty sure they’re timing is within a few seconds, max.
Of course, unlike Armageddon the movie, this is an un-crewed mission so Bruce Willis will be safe here on Earth.
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