Stephen Hawking considered one of the main factors that could lead to the destruction of mankind could be the clash of an asteroid with our planet. Currently, researchers are frequently discussing how to avoid such an impact through the DART plan for redirecting space objects that pose a threat to Terra. Johns Hopkins University’s team of specialists plans to launch a space ship that will travel at a huge speed and collide with the asteroid. “It’s like a cute ballistic missile,” said Elena Adams, chief engineer of the mission. Approximately 100 tons of space waste, mostly dust and small pieces of rock, reach the atmosphere of the Earth every day. Occasionally, however, as the archive’s information on Earth’s spatial and geological activity shows, “space sends massive objects to the planet,” writes theDaily Galaxy.
In August 2018, NASA confirmed that it would provide $ 3.8 million over the next four years to support and operate two observers that “hunt” potentially dangerous asteroids. Researchers also plan to set up another institution with the same goal in South Africa. The two existing telescopes are currently on Maui and Hawaii. They are part of the ATLAS project (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) led by the University of Hawaii.
Three observatories located in the northern hemisphere detected over 95% of the 2,057 asteroids that approached Earth in 2017. On the other hand, these telescopes have a visibility of only 30% on the southern hemisphere, a region in which asteroids could hit earth. The team of Hopkins lab specialists has begun the construction project of the DART, which will be the size of a Honda Civic. Specialists expect the ship to be launched in the summer of 2021 on a journey that will last for over a year. The ship’s tests will include targeting and destroying the asteroid called Didymos, which orbits the Sun and is located between the Earth and the Asteroid Belt.