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    Team Vandenberg Launches the NASA DART Mission [Image 3 of 3]

    Team Vandenberg Launches the NASA DART Mission

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA, UNITED STATES

    11.24.2021

    Photo by Airman Kadielle Shaw 

    Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs   

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying NASA’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), launches from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA, Nov. 23, 2021, at 10:21 p.m. Pacific Time. The DART spacecraft is designed to direct itself to impact an asteroid while traveling at a speed of roughly 15,000 miles per hour (24,000 kilometers per hour). Its target is the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos (Greek for “two forms”), which orbits a larger asteroid named Didymos (Greek for “twin”). In fall 2022, DART is projected to impact Dimorphos to change its orbit within the Didymos binary asteroid system. The Didymos system is the ideal candidate for DART because it poses no actual impact threat to Earth, and scientists can measure the change in Dimorphos’ orbit with ground-based telescopes. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman Kadielle Shaw)

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    Date Taken: 11.24.2021
    Date Posted: 11.24.2021 03:17
    Photo ID: 6954067
    VIRIN: 211123-F-XI961-1065
    Resolution: 5634x4024
    Size: 10 MB
    Location: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA, US 

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