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NASA is preparing to deflect the asteroid, in a key test of planetary defense

NASA is preparing to deflect the asteroid, in a key test of planetary defense

A man sits at his workstation within the Mission Operations Center for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, which is rapidly approaching its target. I bet the dinosaurs would have liked to think of that. On Monday, NASA will attempt a feat humanity has never accomplished before: deliberately ramming a spacecraft into an asteroid …

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What to expect from NASA's DART mission to deflect an asteroid

What to expect from NASA’s DART mission to deflect an asteroid

Artistic representation of NASA’s DART probe and the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube in the Didymos binary system.Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben A NASA spacecraft called DART is about to deliberately crash into a small asteroid as part of a planetary defense test. While this space rock is nothing to worry about, what we learn from …

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