However, he warned about the importance of “being prepared” for what may happen after this century.
NASA rules out a collision between a known asteroid and Earth in the next 100 years, even though it plans to launch the DART mission, a project to test the technology necessary to avoid a possible collision with our planet.
The software engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Luis Rodríguez, pointed out this to the EFE agency in charge of the DART’s front cameras. Rodríguez said there was no known planet in a century that would collide with us, which, however, considered it necessary to “be prepared” given the low probability that it would occur in the next 100 years.
Therefore, NASA plans to launch the DART spacecraft from the Space Force Base in Wendenberg, California (USA) this Tuesday at 22:21 (6:21 GMT) local time.
This mission is unparalleled, as it aims to hit an asteroid and remove it from its orbit in order to test the technology needed to avoid a collision with the Earth.
This mission, according to Rodríguez, is fundamental to NASA’s planetary defense strategy, which studies, analyzes, and measures all near-Earth asteroids and their trajectories to understand and reduce the danger of a possible impact.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will head towards the asteroid Didymos and its tiny moon, Dimorphos, which will target the impact to alter its orbit.
Once DART collides with Dimorphos, NASA will examine the changes in its orbit around Didymos to assess whether the method is viable to defend Earth if an asteroid poses a threat to the planet in the future.
For the impact to be practical, DART will travel at about 6 kilometers per second, a “breakneck” speed necessary for the collision to alter “a little” the trajectory of Dimorphos , the size of the George Washington Monument – a 47- foot obelisk. , 2 meters high located in the capital of the United States, but with greater volume, said Rodríguez.
At this speed, the journey between Los Angeles and New York on two shores of the United States would take 10 seconds. However, Dart is not expected to hit Dimorphos until October 2022.
According to NASA, the mission’s data will be combined with the European Space Agency’s HERA mission and a more detailed analysis of the planet and crater set between 2024 and 2026 will be released in DART Dimorphous.