DART Augmented Reality (AR) Experience

Explore and manipulate the DART spacecraft on your computer screen or access an AR version of the spacecraft on your cell phone.

Simply open and scan the Augmented Reality QR code from the screen, then point your phone to view and explore the DART spacecraft now! It’s the perfect way to virtually experience the DART spacecraft from any location.

View the Mobile AR Experience

Once the spacecraft is in position on your phone, don’t forget to take a picture or screenshot to share with your friends! Use the hashtags #DARTMission, #PlanetaryDefense, #PlanetaryDefenders

Navigation Tips and Tricks:

  1. After you open the AR experience on your phone, you will see the image of a small DART spacecraft. This image will become full-scale after you have successfully scanned the room or space.
  2. Use 2 fingers to make the spacecraft larger or smaller.
  3. Use 2 fingers to move the space craft up/down (vertically).
  4. Use 1 finger to move the spacecraft forward/backward or left/right.
  5. Once the spacecraft is in position, take a picture or screenshot to share with your friends! Use the hashtags #DARTMission, #PlanetaryDefense, #PlanetaryDefenders

DART 3D Printable Models

DART Spacecraft Model

What better way to explore the DART spacecraft than by having your own 3D-printed model?

With these downloadable files, you can print the body of the spacecraft and the solar arrays.

To complete the model, simply glue the solar arrays onto the spacecraft at the points shown in the diagrams below.

Attach Array A

Attach Array B

Fully Assembled

Downloadable Files


You can explore the double asteroid system that is the target of the DART mission with your own 3D-printed model.

With these downloadable files, you can print the larger asteroid Didymos, the smaller asteroid Dimorphos, and the pieces needed to build a stand that allows Dimorphos to orbit around Didymos.

The shape of Didymos was determined by Arecibo radar observations taken in 2003. The shape of Dimorphos is largely unknown and will remain unknown until images from DART and LICIACube are obtained. Though the exact shape of Dimorphos is unknown, observations from telescopes on the Earth have shown that Dimorphos is not completely round and has one dimension that is slightly longer than the others. Consequently, in this model, Dimorphos is depicted as an elongated oval. Once DART reveals the actual shape of Dimorphos, we'll make that updated file available and your asteroid model can be updated too!

To complete the model, follow the steps in the photos below.

Model pieces, unassembled

Assembled double asteroid system model

Downloadable Files

3D-Printed Asteroid System Model: The pieces shown in this example photo were 3D-printed at the following sizes, given as length x width x height in inches. Stand base: 6.0x6.0x3.0 in; Didymos: 5.27x5.29x5.0 in; Dimorphos: 1.35x1.03x0.85 in; Central rod: 0.5x0.5x7.0 in; Spinning ring: 0.76x0.076x0.18 in; Rod to attach Dimorphos: 7.56x0.13x4.56 in.

Toy Bricks Model

About This Project:

Youth engineering design challenges are sweeping learning spaces worldwide. The FIRST LEGO League Challenge program, for example, involved over 318,000 9-to-16-year-olds on 38,609 teams in its 2019 competition alone.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission capitalized on this momentum by challenging the award-winning Morgantown Area Robotics (MARS) team to design and build a model of the DART spacecraft with toy bricks. Over a dozen middle school, high school and college students from the MARS team accepted the challenge and went to work on a design under the guidance of research physicists, robotic and engineering experts, and outreach specialists from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab – where the real DART was built.

About the Toy Bricks Model:

Enjoy this 1/12 scale model of the DART spacecraft made out of toy bricks! At this scale, the solar arrays were too large to build out of toy bricks. To solve this problem, the student team recommended creating solar arrays that can be printed on paper, card stock or foam board, and attaching them to the body of the toy brick model. See the instructions and downloadable PDF below.

How to View the Model and Generate Building Instructions:

The student design team used LDD software to create the DART model and to generate a building guide.

How To Download and Print the Solar Arrays:

At 1/12 scale, the solar arrays are too large to build out of toy bricks. However, you can download the following PDF and simply print it on paper, card stock or foam board.

  • Download the 'Solar Arrays' PDF
  • When printing to the proper scale, make sure that you select 100% and/or select "Poster" under "Page Sizing & Handling" (if available).
  • Attach or arrange the solar arrays on either side of the toy bricks model.

About the MARS Team:

The MARS program is committed to advancing STEM education in Appalachia by mentoring kindergarten through undergraduate youth in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs. It works with a dozen FIRST LEGO League teams in north-central West Virginia and operates a high-school program that includes youth from four counties. Of the 30 to 40 high school students who participate in MARS, nearly half were members of FIRST LEGO League teams. Working with the middle and high school students are over 30 adult volunteer mentors, including MARS alumni who are pursuing STEM degrees in higher education.

For more information about this model and how it was designed, contact Earl Scime.

Learn more about the award-winning at http://marsfirst.org

Note: Mention of any particular products or services on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of those products or services from NASA, the DART mission team, or the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

About the DART Spacecraft:

Learn more about the DART spacecraft including its payload instruments and technologies:

Using a Telescope at Home to Observe Didymos

While members of the DART team will be obtaining and analyzing high-precision data through large telescopes, the DART target asteroid system should be visible in smaller telescopes as it moves across the sky from August 2022 to January 2023. During this time, the Didymos asteroid system will still be too faint to observe through an eyepiece with an eight-inch telescope. However, telescopes of that size can capture Didymos when combined with a imaging camera.

Download the brochure for more details about observing Didymos!