The UN agency for space affairs (UNOOSA) described the "Dart" mission of the US space agency Nasa, during which a probe intentionally crashed into an asteroid for the first time on Tuesday night, as "an important step in protecting the earth and humanity " greeted.
During the defense test on Tuesday night, an unmanned probe from the "Dart" mission (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), equipped with only one camera, was guided into the asteroid Dimorphos as planned. This was a first attempt to see if it might be possible to alter the trajectory of an asteroid in this way.
According to NASA calculations, Dimorphos, a kind of moon of the asteroid Didymos with a diameter of around 160 meters, currently poses no danger to Earth - and the mission is designed in such a way that the asteroid should not pose a danger even after the probe has hit it. From the approximately 330 million dollar mission, Nasa hopes to find out how the earth could be protected from approaching asteroids.