ESA to launch spacecraft to assess impact results after NASA launches DART dual asteroid redirection test

Europe and the United States are working together to save the world from asteroids,media CNET reported. Or at least start learning how to prevent the end of the world by crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid. The EsA has been approved for the construction and launch of the Hera spacecraft in 2024. The mission targeted a near-Earth dual-asteroid system called Didymos.

NASA will be the first to hit one of the objects called Didymos B through a program called the Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART). Didymos B is about 525 feet (160 meters) in diameter, about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Another slightly larger asteroid in the Didymos system, Didymos A, has a diameter of about 780 meters.

ESA to launch spacecraft to assess impact results after NASA launches DART dual asteroid redirection test

NASA’s DART is currently scheduled to launch a SpaceX rocket in mid-2021 and crash into Didymos B by the end of 2022. ESA’s Hera will be launched in 2024 and DART work will be inspected in 2026. “Hera” will collect images and large amounts of data from Didymos and send them back to Earth, in addition to releasing two cube-based satellites that will fly closer and eventually land on asteroids.

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