As if global warming was not a cause for sufficient concern, humanity and the other living species of our beautiful planet are still under the very hypothetical threat of near-Earths, these huge and potentially dangerous asteroids (or PHO / Potentially Hazardous Object). NASA has already anticipated a possible disaster with DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), a spacecraft intended to strike an asteroid head-on in order to deviate its trajectory (and spare us the fate of the dinosaurs).
DART will be tested in real conditions from November 23, 2021. The spacecraft will be launched into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The target is the asteroid-double system Dimorphos and Didymos, 6.8 million kilometers from our Earth. The impact is expected to take place on October 1, 2022. This trial will collect a huge amount of data that will refine future DART models and thus increase their efficiency. The future of humanity may depend on the success of this project, even if the risk of collision with referenced NEOs is now almost zero.