NASA has decided to broadcast the first ever asteroid collision on YouTube. NASA will broadcast the first ever attempt to change the orbital path of an asteroid on 26th September. The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission of to intentionally collide the asteroid called Dimorphous, is entirely focussed on developing a defense strategy of protecting the planet from these asteroids that causes mass destruction. The intentional collision will be shown by NASA live on the youtube channels of NASA itself.
NASA is planning to intentionally crash a $330 million worth DARTrobot spacecraft into an Asteroid to prevent the destructive effects on the planet. The spacecraft, weighing half a ton, will be sent into space with the speed of four miles per second and hit the target asteroid, Dimorphous. The only aim of this science experiment is to analyze the destruction and its prevention in the future. We have been hit by asteroids before and these incidents will happen again too.
The impact of comets and asteroids have destroyed Earth in the past too. The most popular collision happened around 66 million years ago, in Mexico by the asteroid Chicxulub. It had the energy of billions of atom bombs and destroyed more than 75% of the entire plant and animal species in Mexico, including all land dinosaurs. The scientists believe we will most likely face such incidents sometime in the near future