In just a few days, you can watch live as NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) deliberately crashes into a faraway asteroid.
DART is humanity’s first attempt to change the motion of an asteroid in space by intentionally crashing a spacecraft into it. DART’s target asteroid is not a threat to Earth but is the perfect testing ground to see if this method of asteroid deflection – known as the kinetic impactor technique – would be a viable way to protect our planet if an asteroid on a collision course with Earth were discovered in the future.
DART will impact its target asteroid, Dimorphos, a small moonlet orbiting a larger asteroid by the name of Didymos, at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 26.
Tune in for NASA's live broadcast coverage of DART’s impact with Dimorphos starting Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. EDT on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. You can also watch a live feed from DART's camera instrument, DRACO, in the moments leading up to impact.