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NASA Just Launched a Spacecraft That Will Crash Into an Asteroid
24/11/2021 03:03 PM | Click to read full article
NASA on Wednesday launched a spacecraft with one simple mission: Smash into an asteroid at 15,000 miles per hour. The mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, left Earth to test whether slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid can nudge it into a different trajectory.
Results from the test, if successful, will come in handy if NASA and other space agencies ever need to deflect an asteroid to save Earth and avert a catastrophic impact.