NASA will hold a preview of the prevalence of dual asteroid diversion testing

Illustration of NASA's DART spacecraft and the Italian space agency (ASI) LICIACube before striking at Didymo's binary system.

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Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian space agency (ASI) LICIACube before striking at Didymo’s binary system.

Credit: NASA / Johns Hopkins, APL / Steve Gribben

NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 13.00 EDT on Thursday 4 November to preview the launch of the Agency’s first planetary defense test, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). As a technology test, the mission will help determine if deliberately crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course should a terrestrial asteroid be detected in the future. DART’s target asteroid is not a threat to Earth.

The briefing will livestream on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s website and NASA’s Twitter account.

Participants in the briefing will be:

  • Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Elena Adams, DART mission system engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland
  • Nancy Chabot, DART Coordination Leader, Johns Hopkins APL
  • Andy Cheng, Head of the DART Research Team, Johns Hopkins APL
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