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NASA crashes spacecraft into asteroid, passing planetary defense test

By Joel Achenbach

27 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

We can now defend ourselves from asteroids! A successful NASA mission collided with an asteroid in a test to see whether it would be possible to deflect such moving targets away from earth.

LAUREL, Md. - NASA managed Monday to crash a small spacecraft directly into an asteroid, a 14,000-mile-per-hour collision designed to test whether such a technology could someday be deployed to protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic impact.

The violent end of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft thrilled scientists and engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., which operated the mission under a NASA contract.

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