Nasa Spacecraft Lining up to Smash into an Asteroid
Florida, 26 Sep (ONA) --- In the coming hours, the American space agency will crash a probe into an asteroid.
Nasa's Dart mission wants to see how difficult it would be to stop a sizeable space rock from hitting Earth.
The demonstration is taking place some 11 million km away (7 million miles) on a target called Dimorphos, BBC news reported.
The agency said the rock is not currently on a path to hit the Earth, nor will the test accidentally send it in our direction.
The impact is timed for 23:14 GMT, Monday (00:14 BST, tomorrow). Telescopes will be watching from afar, including the new super space observatory James Webb.
Nasa is about to find out. Its idea is simply to smash a spacecraft into one.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) mission will check out this theory with a near-head-on crash into 160m-wide Dimorphos at over 20,000km/h.
This should change its orbit around a much larger asteroid, called Didymos, by just a few minutes every day.
Nasa is promising some spectacular images from the 570kg-Dart probe as it goes in for the hit.