Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Watch a Nicely Stabilized Video of DART Flying Past Didymos and Slamming Into Dimorphos

Here’s one of the best videos we’ve seen of the last minutes of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission…

1 day ago

This is the Last Thing DART saw as it Smashed Into its Asteroid Target

The first-ever planetary defense technology demonstration mission successfully conducted its mission, slamming into the surface of a distant asteroid and…

2 days ago

China is Building an Asteroid Deflection Mission of its own, due for Launch in 2025

There's an old joke that the dinosaurs are only extinct because they didn't develop a space agency. The implication, of…

5 months ago

Here’s DART’s First Picture From Space. We Are Already Looking Forward to its Last Image

It might not look like much, but here is the first monumental image from the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).…

9 months ago

OSIRIS-REx Did One Last Close Flyby of Asteroid Bennu. It’s Almost Time to Come Home

After more than two years in orbit around asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is ready to come home. It's bringing…

1 year ago

This Powerful Ion Engine Will Be Flying on NASA’s DART Mission to Try and Redirect an Asteroid

Despite humanity's current struggle against the novel coronavirus, and despite it taking up most of our attention, other threats still…

3 years ago

ESA is Planning a Mission to the Smallest Spacerock Ever Visited: the Moon of an Asteroid

For some small minority of humans, Death By Asteroid is a desirable fate. The idea probably satisfies their wonky Doomsday…

4 years ago

A Mission to Deflect an Asteroid Just Moved into the Final Design and Assembly Phase

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission, which will attempt to deflect a small asteroid in 2022, recently moved into…

4 years ago

Scientists Urge Europe to Stick With “Armageddon”-style Asteroid Mission

At the European Planetary Science Conference in Riga this week, scientists urged Europe to remain committed to the AIDA asteroid…

5 years ago