DART SPACECRAFT TO COLLIDE WITH ASTEROID

One engineer from Johns Hopkins University will be excitedly anticipating the major collision that she is working to design as NASA gets ready to introduce a new type of planetary protection.

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a first-of-its-kind proof-of-concept mission that will intentionally crash a spacecraft

 into an asteroid's moonlet to deflect it away from its course, will be conducted on Didymos,

a double-asteroid system that poses no threat to Earth. Elena Adams, the mission systems engineer

at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and her team will spend the next two weeks closely monitoring Didymos.

Adams will lecture about the mission on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Hodson Hall on the university's Homewood campus. 

"During the day of impact, I'll be more of a conductor, making sure that all of the orchestra is following the beat and playing their parts," he said

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