Points to Remember:
- NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are set to team up to discuss a double-spacecraft mission to deflect asteroids in space.
- The mission, currently called the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA), will, in theory, deflect the orbit of an asteroid through an impact by one spacecraft before using the other spacecraft to gather the information on the collision.
- NASA’s contribution to AIDA, the Double Asteroid Impact Test, or DART spacecraft, is already under construction for launch in summer 2021, to collide with its target at 6.6 km/s in September 2022.
- Flying along with DART will be an Italian-made miniature CubeSat called LICIACube (Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids) to record the moment of impact.
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
- NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Founded: 29 July 1958, United States
- Administered by: Jim Bridenstine
- Subsidiaries: Johnson Space Center, etc.
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- In context to Space explorations, what does AIDA stands for? Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment
- NASA is planning to launch DART spacecraft for launch in summer 2021. what does DART stands for? Double Asteroid Impact Test
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