Meet LICIACube, the small but mighty spacecraft that will watch NASA’s epic DART asteroid crash

A small satellite will watch its robotic colleague smash into an asteroid, tracking the remarkable encounter and sending the footage back to Earth. 

NASA and international agencies are coming together in the name of planetary defense. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission led by the John Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is the first mission up for this project. If all goes as planned, NASA’s DART spacecraft will launch early Wednesday (Nov. 24) to reach a pair of near-Earth asteroids late next year. 

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