Double Asteroid Redirection Test

What is DART?

DART was the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection by changing an asteroid’s motion in space through kinetic impact.

Goals Demonstrate asteroid deflection with a kinetic impactor
Launch 10:21 p.m. PST, Nov. 23, 2021, (1:21 a.m. EST, Nov. 24), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California
Science Targets Asteroid Didymos and its moonlet Dimorphos
Type Impact on Sept. 26, 2022
Funding
Agency
NASA
Related Websites DART Mission Website
NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office
NASA Space Science DATA Coordinated Archive: DART
DART Launches
On Sept. 26, 2022, DART impacted the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, a small body just 530 feet (160 meters) in diameter. It orbits a larger, 2,560-foot (780-meter) asteroid called Didymos.

DART Mission Website

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