Revenge the Dinosaurs with Asteroid Defense Mission: SpaceX Chief Elon Musk Tells NASA

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New Delhi: Tech billionaire Elon Musk on Thursday said that NASA’s asteroid defense mission will avenge the wipe out of dinosaurs from the face of the Earth. NASA on Wednesday launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, intended to deliberately crash into an asteroid.

The Dart mission lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket developed by Musk’s space venture SpaceX. Asteroids that hit Earth over billions of years are believed to be one of the reasons for the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

“Avenge the Dinosaurs!!” Musk said in a tweet.

According to a recent research by the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), the extinction of dinosaurs is likely to have originated from the outer part of the main asteroid belt of the solar system.

The large object, known as the Chicxulub impactor, has an estimated width of 9.6 kilometers and originated in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, reports Space.com.

Following its sudden contact with Earth, the asteroid wiped out not only the dinosaurs, but about 75 percent of the planet’s animal species. It is widely accepted that this explosive force created was responsible for the mass extinction that ended the Mesozoic Era, the report said.

The aim of the DART mission is to better prepare Earth for the discovery of an asteroid in the future.

The spacecraft’s target is the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos and its moonlet Dimorphos, which pose no threat to Earth.

DART is currently scheduled to reach the Didymos binary asteroid system between September 26 and October 1 next year.

Once DART identifies and locks down the dimorphos, it will impact the asteroid moon at about 24,000 kilometers per hour and shift its orbit. Read also: Apple users most satisfied; Xiaomi, Samsung leaders in brand awareness: Survey

“The Didymos system is not a threat to Earth, we need to be prepared, should we be threatened by one of these massive bodies emerging from the void of space,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science missions. directorate, in a blogpost. Read also: PM Kisan: Farmers can get 10th installment before the new year, check status like this

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