NASA Asteroid Deflection Test Mission

NASA is preparing an ambitious test mission to see if it’s capable of deflecting an incoming asteroid that, if left unchecked, would imperil Earth. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique – striking an asteroid to shift its orbit. The test is currently slated to take place in 2024 and the results will be studied from Earth-based observatories.

NASA Is Planning an Asteroid Deflection Test Mission in Case the Unthinkable Happens