Double Asteroid Redirection Test
December 7, 2021
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is a United States space mission that aims to test methods of planetary defense against near-Earth objects (NEOs). The probe will purposely crash the spacecraft into the double asteroid Didymos to test whether the kinetic effects of the space probe impact could successfully deflect the asteroid from its collision course with Earth. DART is a joint project between NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), managed by the Coordinating Agency NASA Planetary Defense with several other NASA laboratories and agencies providing technical support. International partners, such as the European, Italian and Japanese space agencies, contribute to related projects or beyond. In August 2018, NASA approved the project to begin the final design and assembly phase. Launch is planned for November 24, 2021, at 06:20 UTC, with a collision scheduled for October 2, 2022.