DART Falcon 9 Launch
November 23 @ 1:58 AM EST
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, mission. DART is NASA’s first flight demonstration for planetary defense. The mission seeks to test and validate a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid impact threat. The mission aims to shift an asteroid’s orbit through kinetic impact — specifically, by impacting a spacecraft into the smaller member of the binary asteroid system Didymos to change its orbital speed.
Instantaneous Launch Window: 1:58 a.m. EST; 10:58 p.m. PST (0658 GMT)