NASA's DART asteroid impact mission is about to begin and you can watch it live as well as many other scientific updates.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is scheduled to launch at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 GMT) on Wednesday, November 24, with a SpaceX rocket F from Vandenberg Space Base in California.
The live coverage of the launch will be from NASA TV, the service YouTube, its application and social media channels from 12:30 p.m. EST (0530 GMT). You will be able to watch all the events on this page and on the Space.com homepage, a courtesy of NASA.
DART is an ambitious mission, intended to hit and redirect the course of an asteroid for the first time in history. It is expected to collide with an asteroid, Dimorphos, in the fall of 2022. Dimorphos orbits an asteroid called Didymos, which is close enough for scientists to see any effects using ground-based telescopes. A monitoring mission called Hera (from the European Space Agency) will visit the same system in 2026.
Before and during the mission, NASA offers many activities in which the public can take part. Audience members can sign up to virtually watch the launch to access resources, watch videos, and receive a virtual visitor presentation passport stamp.
The agency will have a virtual NASA Social on Facebook, where you will be able to interact with members of the NASA and DART teams and watch the launch. You can also take part in a short Planetary Defenders campaign, where you can answer questions to earn a "planetary Defender" certificate.
Additionally, you can track the post on social media using the hashtag #DARTMission. On Twitter, go to @NASA, @AsteroidWatch, @NASASocial and @NASA_LSP. On Facebook, go to the NASA page here and NASA LSP. On Instagram, go to the NASA page here.
NASA also has a number of live updates that the public can watch and ask questions about on social media. The following is a list of updates, participants and public participation opportunities:
16:00. EST (2100 GMT) - DART research and engineering briefing on NASA television with the following participants. The public can ask questions on social media using #AskNASA.
Lori Glaze, Director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA's Science Mission at NASA Headquarters in Washington
Tom Statler, DART Scientist, Planetary Science Division, NASA Science Mission, NASA Headquarters
Andy Rivkin, Head of DART Research Team, Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics
Betsy Congdon, DART Systems Engineer, Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics
Simone Pirrotta, project manager of the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids (LICIACube), of the Italian Space Agency
7 p.m. EST (1200 GMT Tuesday, November 23) - DART pre-release press conference on NASA TV with the following participants. The public can ask questions on social media using #AskNASA.
Thomas Zurbuchen, Deputy Managing Director, NASA Science Mission, NASA Headquarters
Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office, NASA Headquarters
Ed Reynolds, DART Project Director, Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics
Omar Baez, Senior Launch Services, Launch Services Program, NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Julianna Scheiman, Director of Civil Satellite Missions, SpaceX
Capt. Maximillian Rush, weather officer, Space Launch Delta 30, Vandenberg Space Force Base
16:00. EST (2100 GMT) - NASA Science Live, with the following participants. This event will be broadcast live on the agency's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. Audience members can participate live by asking questions in the comments section of the feeds or by using #AskNASA.
Lori Glaze, Director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA Science Mission at NASA Headquarters
Nancy Chabot, DART Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University Laboratory of Applied Physics
Joshua Ramirez Rodriguez, Chief Telecommunications and Testing System Integration Engineer, Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics
12:30 a.m. EST (0530 GMT) - NASA TV live launch coverage begins.
1:20 a.m. EST (10:20 pm PST on November 23/0620 GMT) Take-off of the DART mission.