Stuff That’s Hard to Do (Falcon9 DART*, Vandenberg SFS, SLC4**)

Successfully injected NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft
into a heliocentric orbit (above escape velocity, ~24,000 mph).
It should arrive at the asteroid pair in about 10 months,
when it will attempt to punt the smaller one into a measurably altered orbit.
You know, the Newtonian brute-force method

Alas, no vid of Stg-1 successfully landing on the drone ship

Spacecraft deployment

(What? Uhm, nope, dunno how Mother Nature’s gonna react to humans pushin’ her stuff around like that in Earthlings’ first extra-terrestrial defense mission)
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* DART mission overview
** Space Launch Complex 4 (my ol’ stompin’ grounds, back in the day)

3 Comments!

  1. Posted November 24, 2021 at 7:59 am |

    Space billiards(tm)

  2. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm |

    ^ *heh* Yeah, or this

  3. mech
    Posted November 27, 2021 at 3:35 pm |

    I can’t decide if this will work or just be a *boop* on the nose of the smaller asteroid.