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Saturday, April 13, 2019

NASA press release: NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed -- a technique known as a kinetic impactor. The total cost for NASA to launch DART is approximately $69 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The DART mission currently is targeted to launch in June 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. By using solar electric propulsion, DART will intercept the asteroid Didymos' small moon in October 2022, when the asteroid will be within 11 million kilometers of Earth.

NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the SpaceX launch service. The DART Project office is located at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and is managed by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office in Washington.

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We are so crewed....

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 05:47 AM | Reply

The asteroid that is being targeted is Didymoon, the small space rock that actually orbits the larger Didymos asteroid. The mission is currently slated for a June 2021 launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

"By using solar electric propulsion, DART will intercept the asteroid Didymos' small moon in October 2022, when the asteroid will be within 11 million kilometers of Earth," NASA explained.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 05:48 AM | Reply

"Gawd sent a meteor to kill all them dinos because them dinos wuz ghey and were having regular ghey orgies at weekends".

Heard that one? I have. From a right-wing forum. LOL

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 05:56 AM | Reply

J, I don't understand what video #1 is trying to say, but let me watch the others and I'll get back to you....

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-04-13 06:30 AM | Reply

J, I don't understand what video #1 is trying to say

That Gawd is a Republican and hates poor people. (see at 28 sec... hot dog guy getting nailed)

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 06:40 AM | Reply

they say T-Rex was mean he ate the other dinosaurs
we got T-Rump a mean idiot with a fondness for whores

T-Rex is the biggest biter..puts other dinos' to shame
T-Rump is the biggest liar..that's his claim to fame

a huge asteroid ended T-Rex..so no more dinosaur
we still got T-Rump.."please cosmos, just one tiny meteor"

#6 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-04-13 03:46 PM | Reply

This is an actual good use of space resources. Spending a ton of money to go to mars is stupid.

It'll be much easier to invent the tech to save earth than to invent the tech to leave earth because we ruined it.

But making everyone think we can just move to a new planet gives everyone a subconscious excuse to keep on trashing this planet - the only one we can actually live on.

Until we know how to terraform a new planet to be an environment we can exist on in a healthy and happy sustainable manner - which wont happen for centuries - there's no reason to think about leaving earth.

Save earth first. Then deal with colonizing space.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-04-13 05:32 PM | Reply

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