This week, NASA will launch a spacecraft with a daring mission: to crash into an asteroid to test our planetary defense options. The mission, called DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), will approach a pair of asteroids called Didymos and Dimorphos and will crash into the small in an attempt to knock it off-course. Don’t worry — the asteroid pair doesn’t actually threaten Earth — but this test will demonstrate what defense options Earth might have if an incoming body threatened our planet.
The DART launch is scheduled for Wednesday, November 24 at 1:20 a.m. (10:20 p.m. PT on Tuesday, November 23) and will be livestreamed by NASA. We’ve got all the details on how to watch as soon as it launches.
DART will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. It will travel through space until reaching the double asteroid system in the fall of 2022 and beginning its collision test.
To watch the launch live, you can tune into the NASA TV channel using the video embedded at the top of this page or by visiting the title. NASA website,
Coverage of the launch begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 24 (Tuesday, November 23 at 9:30 p.m. PT), showing pre-launch activities as well as the launch.
If you want to learn more about Dart Mission, there are also two news conferences coming up this week: one today, Sunday, November 11, and one on Monday. Sunday at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) is a DART investigation and engineering briefing, while Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) is a DART pre-launch news conference.
Finally, there’s also a NASA Science Live event featuring Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Nancy Chabot, DART coordination lead, and Joshua Ramirez Rodriguez, Telecommunications Subsystem Integration and Test Lead Engineer, Lori Glaze. . The event will be shown Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET (1pm ET) on NASA and will include an opportunity for members of the public to submit questions during the stream.