The purpose of the DART is set to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Tuesday

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The purpose of the DART is set to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Tuesday

Col. Rob Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, will be the launch decision authority.

DART’s target is the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos. DART is expected to impact the asteroid in fall of 2022, changing its orbit.

The Hawk’s Nest will be closing to the public for viewing, but those interested can view the DART mission launch from Hancock’s Lompoc Valley Center.

SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to launch at 10:20 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday.

Story Highlights

  • According to officials, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is designed to direct itself to hit an asteroid while traveling at a speed of 15,000 miles per hour.

  • “Space Launch Delta 30 is excited to partner with NASA and SpaceX on the first planetary defense test mission,” said Long. “Everyone involved has been working tirelessly to ensure this launch is safe and successful. I’m proud of their efforts.”

Questions about the launch can be directed to media@spacex.com.