Known for his quirky messages throughout the social media, particularly on Twitter, Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has thrown yet one more anecdote on the not too long ago launched NASA check mission of an asteroid-deflecting spacecraft.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) experiment lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in the US on Wednesday.
Taking to Twitter, Musk, who enjoys a cushty 64 million followers on the micro-blogging web site, reacted “Avenge the dinosaurs!” whereas retweeting NASA’s announcement of the check mission.
Within minutes, Musk’s tweet was inundated with over 28,000 likes and greater than 3,000 feedback with customers speeding in to share memes, GIFs, cryptocurrency-based concepts and way more.
A spacecraft that should finally crash to succeed was launched late on Tuesday from California on a NASA mission to exhibit the world’s first planetary protection system, designed to deflect an asteroid from a possible doomsday collision with Earth.
The DART payload, about the dimension of a merchandising machine, was launched from the booster a couple of minutes after launch to start a 10-month journey into house, some 6.8 million miles (11 million km) from Earth.
Moments later the rocket’s reusable decrease stage flew again to Earth and safely touched down on a touchdown vessel floating in the Pacific in what has change into a routine half of the cost-cutting launch sequence pioneered by SpaceX.
DART will fly below the steerage of NASA’s flight administrators till the final hours of its odyssey, when management will be handed over to an autonomous on-board navigation system.
The mission’s finale will check spacecraft’s capacity to alter an asteroid’s trajectory with sheer kinetic pressure, plowing into it at excessive velocity to nudge the house boulder off target simply sufficient to maintain our planet out of hurt’s approach.
DART’s goal is an asteroid “moonlet” the dimension of a soccer stadium that orbits a piece of rock 5 occasions bigger in a binary asteroid system named Didymos, the Greek phrase for twin.
Separately, Musk bought about $1.05 billion in inventory on Wednesday, November 24. The gross sales had been scheduled in September to train choices that had been set to expire in 2022.
Musk has bought a complete of $9.85 billion in Tesla inventory this month, together with the $6.9 billion he bought the week of November 10 and one other $1.9 billion he bought on Novemer 15 and November 16.
Some of the shares had been bought partially to fulfill tax obligations associated to an train of inventory choices. Musk and his belief nonetheless maintain greater than 169 million shares in the firm.