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NASA’s DART Mission

Published on November 25, 2021
Current Context: The NASA, US Space Agency has launched DART Mission, which is the first-of-its-kind mission.
NASA’s DART Mission
  • The DART signifies ‘Double Asteroid Redirection Test.
  • The mission aims to change the path of an asteroid by intentionally crashing a spacecraft into it.
  • It was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • It will be testing asteroid-deflecting technology through this mission.
  • The mission aims to crash a space probe into the asteroid which will alter the speed and course of the asteroid so that it will be prevented from hitting the Earth.
  • Therefore through this mission, NASA gets the chance to investigate such kind of method to deflect an asteroid by intentionally crashing a spacecraft into it in order to protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic collision in the future.
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of NASA: Washington D.C., US
    • Administrator of NASA: Bill Nelson


Q.1 NASA Launched ‘DART Mission’. What does R signify in DART?
a. Refraction
b. Reflection
c. Redirection
d. Reverse

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