Scientists could save the earth from an object that’s coming at us from outer space thanks to a test NASA has done. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test team at NASA, called DART, has proven it can change the path of something coming toward earth by smashing a spacecraft into it. Brian Key is Program Manager, and Scott Bellamy is Mission Manager, in the Planetary Missions Program Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center at NASA. They’re finalists for a Service to America Medal in the Career Achievement category. They tell you how their team did its work, and what other organizations can learn from their success, even if they’re not in the space business.
Photo: Members of the DART team celebrate on Sept. 26, 2022, as images live-streamed from the spacecraft show it successfully impacted the asteroid Dimorphos, completing the world's first planetary defense test mission. (Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman)