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NASA smashes spacecraft into asteroid seven million miles from Earth in 'planetary defence' trial

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The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is the world's first attempt to change an asteroid's motion by ramming a space probe into it. Neither Dimorphos nor Didymos poses a threat to Earth, but seeing how well DART's maneuver worked will reveal how easy it is to tamper with an asteroid. The DART spacecraft weighs only as much as a couple of vending machines.
2 months ago·Cape Canaveral, United States

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Bam! NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in defense test

The galactic slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles (9.6 million kilometers) away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the space rock at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). Scientists expected the impact to carve out a crater, hurl streams of rocks and dirt into space and, most importantly, alter the asteroid's orbit.

2 months ago·Mumbai, India
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Dimorphos: Nasa flies spacecraft into asteroid in direct hit

The same technique could be used to deflect space rocks that threaten Earth.

2 months ago·United Kingdom
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NASA's DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in test of planetary defense system

Hurtling through the solar system at hypersonic speed on Monday, NASA's DART spacecraft slammed itself into a distant asteroid in a test of the world's first planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. The finale to the suicide spaceflight, humanity's first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body, played

2 months ago·United Kingdom
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‘Basically a bullseye’: Nasa crashes spacecraft into asteroid to test Earth’s defenses – as it happened

Space agency conducts Dart mission to learn whether asteroid’s trajectory can be diverted away from Earth

2 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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NASA slams spacecraft into asteroid in unprecedented test

A NASA spacecraft slammed into an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth.

2 months ago·Canada
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Bam! NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in defence test

A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth. The galactic grand slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 11.3 million kilometres away.

2 months ago·Toronto, Canada
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