I read an article today that was on ZDNet, concerning an upcoming trial to deflect "killer" asteroids, before they impact our planet. Scientists at
the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, have come up with a "kinetic impactor technique" to knock an asteroid hard enough to make it shift it's
trajectory. This technique is called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) and is a joint experiment by NASA and the European Space Agency
DART's target is Didymos. This is a twin asteroid system comprising of two orbiting asteroids.
The plan is to "shoot" Didymos B with DART. NASA will attempt to crash DART into Didymos B in September 2022 at speeds of just under 15,000
miles per hour, or about 6km per second.
This has been discussed before on several threads, one in 2015 and in a more recent
one, that was posted back in 2017. Since then, there have been two interesting videos
posted on YouTube, by the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. One was posted back in 2018 and it contains animation and commentary
from several engineers and project managers, who discuss the DART space mission. The second YouTube clip, was posted this past July and features
project scientist, Nancy Chabot.
Clip from December, 2018:
Clip from July, 2019:
The ZDNet article, from today, features an interesting interview with NASA aerospace engineer, Brent Barbee, seen below:
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originally posted by: Blue Shift
This will be the death of us all.
No shlt we been do'n fine with our asses out of the way but noooooo!
Some azzholes just have to get out there and play god and F@%$
it up for all of us. Where else will pursuing the ancient promise
edit on 4-9-2019 by carsforkids because: (no reason given)
I guess they had to throw "Double" and "Test" in there so the moniker would spell "DART". How cyoot.
So when it changes trajectory, it will change course, and when it changes course, it will change its orbit, and when it changes its orbit, it's bound
to smack us anyways but next time at a more active part of the Earth and kill more of us. Brilliant.
Silly scientists. If it's meant to hit us, it'll hit us.
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