In NASA announced a new contract with Elon musk regarding SpaceX mission to change the orbit of asteroids. The mission called DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), and to perform it will be using the launch of heavy-class Falcon 9, reports ONLINE.UA with reference to SpaceNews.
It is noted that the Falcon 9 rocket as part of the mission of the DART launched in June 2021 with the Vandenberg air force base in California. The amount of the contract for SpaceX will be 69 million dollars, the cost includes start-up and all related services.
The plans of astronomers to study the change of the orbit of a small month as a result of the impact. This will help scientists to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach proposed as one of the ways to deflect asteroids that threaten Earth.
“SpaceX is proud to continue a successful partnership with NASA to perform this important interplanetary mission. This contract underlines the confidence of NASA in the ability of Falcon 9 to perform critical research tasks, while offering the best value in the industry launch,” said SpaceX President Gwynn Shotwell.