Laurel, United States ● Wed, September 28 2022
A NASA spaceship on Monday struck an asteroid seven million miles away in order to deflect its orbit, succeeding in a historic test of humanity’s ability to prevent a celestial object from devastating life on earth.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impactor hit its target, the space rock Dimorphos, at 11:14 p.m. GMT, 10 months after blasting off from California on its pioneering mission.
“We’re embarking on a new era, an era in which we potentially have the capability to protect ourselves from something like a dangerous hazardous asteroid impact,” said Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s planetary science division.
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