A NASA project, which tests a technology to defend the Earth from possible dangers from asteroids or comets, will take place this Monday, September 26.
This is the DART mission: double asteroid redirection test and consists of a ground ship that will impact the asteroid Dimorphos 11 million kilometers from planet Earth. The impact will occur at 7:14 p.m. local time (6:14 p.m. in Ecuador; 11:14 p.m. GMT), according to NASA.
The spacecraft, built by the Johns Hopkins University Physics Laboratory, will be used to deflect Dimorphos, the smallest of a binary asteroid system called Didymos. It measures 160 meters in diameter and has a small moon called Didymoon orbiting Didymos every 11.9 hours.
The impact, which will not pose any danger to Earth, can be seen live on the official NASA TV channel.
According to the institution, the public will also be able to follow it live on the agency’s social media accounts in English on Facebook, Twitterand YouTube.