Space exploration Nasa is sending a ship into space to hit an asteroid – a live broadcast from about 7.30am

The small ship is due to collide with Dimorphos, about 160 meters in diameter, the moon orbiting the asteroid Didymos.

The United States space administration Nasa will send a ship into space on Wednesday that is scheduled to collide with a small asteroid next year.

Darts (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) will be launched from Vandenberg base, California, USA at 8.20 am Finnish time. HS shows Nasa’s broadcast live.

Dart rises into space Tesla billionaire Elon Muskin On board the Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX.

An asteroid impacting the moon with a Dart in an illustration published by Nasa.

Actual the collision with the asteroid will not happen until next fall.

The small ship is due to collide with Dimorphos, about 160 meters in diameter, the moon orbiting the asteroid Didymos. The collision aims to bring about a small change in the trajectory of Dimorphos and shorten its orbital time by a few minutes.

Through the experiment, Nasa hopes to find out how asteroids heading for Earth could be diverted away. When hit by the earth, large asteroids could wreak havoc. However, Dimorphos is not a danger to Earth.

Dartin is accompanied by a miniature satellite from the Italian Space Administration, which will be detached from the ship before the collision. The Italian satellite is due to capture the impact of the collision and pass it on to researchers.

Nowadays there are at least 117 known comets and nearly 27,000 larger asteroids orbiting the Sun that can come at least about 50 million kilometers from Earth’s orbit.

Asteroids are almost entirely rocky or metallic bodies, while comets consist almost entirely of ice and small amounts of rock.

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