NASA has made public its intention to deliberately crash a $330 million (AUD $485 million or £285 million) spacecraft into an asteroid to test its resilience.
The world’s first full-scale test to see whether the spacecraft can protect the Earth from a dangerous asteroid or comet will take place in a few weeks with NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART.
Yes, this does sound like a scene from the Hollywood science fiction movie Don’t Look Up.
The likes of Leo Dicaprio or J-Law aren’t here to try to help us this time, though. Instead, NASA will examine the effects of the 525-foot-wide asteroid known as “Dimorphos” on DART using one of the most potent telescopes.
Although the asteroid won’t be hitting Earth anytime soon (hopefully), experts believe that it would inflict serious harm if it did.
“We don’t want to be in a scenario where an asteroid is heading toward Earth and then have to be testing this kind of technology,” NASA’s planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson reportedly remarked to USA TODAY.
Before we ever find ourselves in a position like that, he continued, “We want to know about both how the spacecraft operates and what the asteroid’s reaction to the hit will be.”
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Years have already passed, and the NASA Artemis Moon Mission is millions of dollars over budget. Private businesses have been setting new standards for space travel for more than ten years.
NASA postponed the launch of the Space Launch System intended to take Americans back to the moon for the second time in a week. The rocket, which was originally intended to make its first test flight in 2017, will now not launch until at least late September and maybe much later. It was first conceptualized in 2010. For its part, NASA is hoping that Americans will put a decade of costly failure behind them and wish for the best.
Eyes on the Solar System, a 3D space exploration tool from NASA, is now browser-compatible.
The desire to one day explore space is shared by many members of our earthly species. Some of us have grown up with the moon landings in our past and the anticipated landing of humans on Mars in 2040, so we are looking forward to a future of space exploration. NASA is still giving our stranded little species a taste of space with stuff like these incredible images and 3D solar system representations, however sadly it’s moving a little more slowly than what my hopes were expecting for.
NASA’s Eyes Visualisation, a collection of free tools, was first made available in 2010. It’s a very intriguing tool that mimics spaceships, planets, and other objects in our solar system with incredible realism using actual data. Recently, the business made NASA’s Eyes available in browser format (seen by HotHardware), allowing anyone with a computer to view some of the events taking on in our local system.
You can view a live 3D rendering of our system by visiting the new NASA Eyes website, or you can fiddle with the tools to manipulate time as you choose. You can move around them and zoom in and out rather easily by clicking on objects to learn more about them. Even high textures can be activated on the surfaces of some objects. It reminds me of resource mining in Mass Effect, hopefully without the mining.
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