The announcement marks yet another achievement for Musk's firm in just a few days; on Thursday, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy for the second time ever, logging the huge rocket's first commercial mission.
The amount of the contract for SpaceX will be $ 69 million. Another Falcon 9 launch, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite, was awarded in 2016 with a price of $112 million. "This contract underscores the confidence to NASA, the Falcon 9's ability to perform critical research tasks, while offering the best value launch in the industry".
Telescopes here on Earth will keep watch to document how the collision will affect the smaller asteroid and its orbit around the 2,540-foot-wide (775 meter-wide) Didymos. Using solar electric propulsion, SpaceX is hoping it and DART can intercept the asteroid Didymos' small moon in October 2022. The DART Project office is located at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and is managed by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASAs Planetary Defense Coordination Office in Washington.
The space agency added: "The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software". The parent asteroid is the 800-meter wide Didymos, with is smaller orbiting moon asteroid, a 150-meter wide object, as the target for DART.
Nazem Kadri facing 5-game suspension for hit on DeBrusk
After falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in Game 1 on Thursday, the Bruins played a much more physical style Saturday night. His other suspensions have included four games for an illegal hit in 2015 and three games for goalie interference in 2013.
Jalen Mills arrested for disorderly affray
The Eagles said in their statement they are " aware of the situation " and "continuing to gather more information". EST, Mills and Robinson were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation.
Has Pep Guardiola lost faith in Leroy Sane?
Guardiola also called for the performance to be viewed within the context of City's relentless form over the past two seasons. After Palace, City host Tottenham twice in four days in the second leg of their Champions League tie and the Premier League .