Double Asteroid
Redirection Test

NASA's first planetary
defense mission

Mission Overview

DART is the first-ever space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor.

Impactor Spacecraft

The DART impactor is a low-cost spacecraft, equipped with a camera and the ability to autonomously guide itself to impact the asteroid.

Planetary Defense

"Planetary defense" encompasses activities undertaken to understand the hazards posed to Earth by potential impacts of asteroids and comets and to develop approaches to prevent or minimize the effects of those impacts.

Hitting an Asteroid Head On

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will be the first-ever space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor on a binary asteroid target: the moon of Didymos, called Dimorphos. Didymos is Greek for "twin", and Dimorphos means "having two forms" in recognition of humanity changing the form of the body via the DART mission.

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Staying Aligned During COVID-19: APL Propels Space Missions Forward

NASA's First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name

NASA planetary defense efforts continue during pandemic

Johns Hopkins APL Receives DART Spacecraft Structure and Ramps Up Integration and Testing

Why NASA plans to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Mission Readies for Integration and Testing at APL

NASA’s Plan to Stop an Asteroid Headed for Earth

Building a Brand

DART Receives First Flight Guidance and Control Sensor

DART Project Successfully Completes Critical Milestone

We’re going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid to try to deflect it

A Launch Four Centuries in the Making

What's in the Box? DART Team Unpacks a Spacecraft

A Visit to SpaceX

Scientists turn up the spotlight on space perils (and prospects) for Asteroid Day

NBC News: Inside scientists’ new plan to deflect asteroids away from Earth

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Technology Demonstration to Collide with Asteroid in 2022

What if a killer asteroid were headed toward Earth? NASA plans to find out this week

Observing Didymos in 2019: Using Telescopes to Understand Our Target

DART Mission Set to Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9

Smart Teams + Smart Algorithms = SMART Nav

ESA plans mission to smallest asteroid ever visited

An asteroid could destroy humanity like it did dinosaurs. A Hopkins team has a plan to save the world.

Humanity Will Slam a Spacecraft into an Asteroid in a Few Years to Help Save Us All

What Could be More Exciting Than Crashing a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid?

Collision Course

Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. In 2022, we hit back.

APL-Led Asteroid-Deflection Mission Passes Key Development Milestone

White House releases near Earth object action plan

Space scientists have big plans to avert an asteroid apocalypse

Course Corrector: Managers of proposed mission hope to protect Earth from giant space rocks

NASA Pushes Through with Asteroid Deflection Mission That Could One Day Save Earth

NASA Spacecraft Would Smash Into an Asteroid as a Dry Run for Saving the Planet

NASA unveils plan to test asteroid defense technique

NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase at Johns Hopkins APL

Earth’s Best Defense Against Killer Asteroids Needs Cash

Can We Deflect Asteroids?

We really need to figure out how to stop a killer asteroid, scientists say

Space Scientists Rally Support for 2020 Asteroid-Deflection Mission

European Asteroid Mission Could Launch Soon, Target Space Rock Moves Near Earth

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