Once NASA's DART mission impacted Dimorphos, a new space mission called Hera will return to Didymos binary system in December 2026 to study carefully the effects of DART's impact, and measure the physico-chemical properties of both asteroids. The mission will also test a myriad of new technologies: from testing autonomous navigation around an asteroid up to operating instruments under low gravity proximity operations. Hera will be the first probe to rendezvous with a binary asteroid system to test and develop Planetary Defence goals.
Senior institute member involved
Meet the senior researcher who leads our participation in the DART mission.
Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez