Press Release

DART Mission Heats Up, Enters Environmental Testing

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 14:41

A months-long integration and testing phase culminated with a successful review and the start of space-environment testing for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).

NASA’s first flight mission for planetary defense, DART seeks to test and validate a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid impact threat. The mission aims to shift an asteroid’s orbit through kinetic impact — specifically, by smashing a spacecraft into the smaller member of the binary asteroid system Didymos.