This space mission may cause the world’s first artificial meteor shower

If everything goes according to plan, a NASA space mission will cause the Earth to experience its first artificial meteor shower in 2022.

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A study published in The Planetary Science Journal theorized that after a NASA Spacecraft slams into an asteroid, the debris will cause an artificial meteor shower. If this happens, this will be the first meteor shower ever to result from human activities in space.


This will be happening because of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission. The study says, “The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is planned to impact the secondary of the binary asteroid (65803) Didymos in 2022 to assess deflection strategies for planetary defense.”

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NASA plans to release the 1,100-pound DART spacecraft in 2021. If successful, this mission could help scientists figure out if humans are capable of diverting an asteroid from hitting our planet.

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