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Mission Websites

Here we list links to the primary mission website as well as pages about the mission on other sites such as the NSSDC, NASA portal, etc.

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is the first space mission to demonstrate the kinetic effects of crashing an impactor spacecraft into an asteroid moon for planetary defense purposes. The mission was intended to test whether a spacecraft impact could successfully deflect an asteroid, if one was ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth in the future. The target of the mission was a binary Near-Earth asteroid 65803 Didymos. DART is a NASA project that is developed, managed, and operated by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and was developed for NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids (LICIACube) was DART's companion cubesat, contributed by Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) and built by Argotec. LICIACube was deployed from the DART spacecraft roughly 15 days prior to DART's kinetic impact to capture images of the event and its effects. The technology goals of NASA's DART mission include: measure the asteroid deflection; return high resolution images of the target prior to the kinetic impact; demonstrate autonomous guidance and navigation to hit the 150-meter target body. DART intercepted the secondary member of Didymos binary system, called Dimorphos, on 26 September 2022.

The SBN is the lead PDS node to archive the DART mission data.


Data Sets

DART Spacecraft Data

LICIACube Spacecraft Data

DART Ground-based Observations

Other Mission Data

Related Datasets

Use the Small Bodies Data Ferret to find other datasets for this mission/target.

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