A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying NASA’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), launches from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA, Nov. 23, 2021, at 10:21 p.m. Pacific Time. The DART spacecraft is designed to direct itself to impact an asteroid while traveling at a speed of roughly 15,000 miles per hour (24,000 kilometers per hour). Its target is the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos (Greek for “two forms”), which orbits a larger asteroid named Didymos (Greek for “twin”). In fall 2022, DART is projected to impact Dimorphos to change its orbit within the Didymos binary asteroid system. The Didymos system is the ideal candidate for DART because it poses no actual impact threat to Earth, and scientists can measure the change in Dimorphos’ orbit with ground-based telescopes. (U.S. Space Force photo by Michael Peterson)
Team Vandenberg is supporting a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch carrying NASA’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) from Space Launch Complex-4 here Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10:20 p.m. Pacific Time.
Members of Space Launch Delta 30 line up and prepare for the monthly Delta Dash on Nov. 5, 2021 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. The monthly SLD 30 run acts as a method for members across the base to build upon their comradery and espirit de corps within the ranks. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sergeant Draeke Layman)
Senior Airman William Boyce, 30th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor reviews a member’s shot grouping during a live-fire training at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range on Nov. 5, 2021 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. The 30th SFS provides reoccurring and deployment-ready weapons qualification training to hundreds of Vandenberg personnel each year. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sergeant Draeke Layman)
Airman 1st Class Adisuan Tiengngam, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, hangs high above the ground in a bucket truck while conducting maintenance on the South Base M-Line circuit on Nov. 9, 2021 at Vandenberg Space Force Base Calif. Routine maintenance checks and repairs like these are conducted across the base to help ensure future and efficient distribution of power to Vandenberg. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sergeant Draeke Layman)
Kayli Bates, Space Launch Delta 30 information protection office personnel security program manager, Oct. 27, 2021, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. Bates is working on her computer handling all matters from security clearances to debt delinquencies, as well as, any abuse to drugs and alcohol. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiarra Sibley)

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