SpaceX becomes part of Dart missionA fellow businessman Charlie Kindle wrote in his comment, ‘If a person is capable of stopping something bad but is not stopping it, then it is negligence. If a species is able to stop the destruction of an asteroid but does nothing, is that species reckless? I think about this often. Musk’s SpaceX was also part of the Dart mission. The 610-kg Dart spacecraft took off on Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Dart’s Target A Pair of AsteroidsDart’s target is a deadly pair of asteroids including a 163-metre Moonlet asteroid called Dimorphos which orbits a larger 780-metre asteroid called Didymos. The spacecraft will collide in Dimorphos when it is at its closest, about 6.8 million miles away, sometime between September 26 and October 1, 2022.