• The asteroid NASA is about to strike poses no threat to Earth, but 60% of city-killer rocks fly under the radar

    2 days ago - By Business Insider

    Illustration of DART approaching Dimorphos. NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
    NASA is about to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid to nudge it into a new orbit.
    The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is practice for deflecting an asteroid away from Earth.
    But NASA can't protect Earth if it doesn't see asteroids coming, and its surveillance is weak.
    NASA is about to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid , obliterating the probe and nudging the space rock. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is aiming for an asteroid called Dimorphos, which is orbiting a giant asteroid called Didymos. By crashing into it...
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  • NASA's unprecedented DART mission will intentionally slam a spacecraft into an asteroid next week

    2 days ago - By Business Insider

    An illustration of the DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency's LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system. NASA/Johns Hopkins, APL/Steve Gribben
    NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test will collide with an asteroid on September 26.
    The DART mission is testing NASA's ability to deflect incoming space rocks.
    If it works, NASA could someday use this method to push dangerous asteroids away from Earth .
    A golf cart-sized spacecraft will intentionally smash into a tiny asteroid at about 14,000 miles per hour on September 26. It's humanity's first test of our ability to deflect...
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