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NASA crashes spacecraft into asteroid, passing planetary defense test

NASA crashes spacecraft into asteroid, passing planetary defense test

LAUREL, Md. – NASA managed to crash a small spacecraft directly into an asteroid on Monday, a 14,000 mile per hour collision designed to test whether such technology could ever be deployed to protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic impact. The violent end of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft has thrilled scientists and …

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NASA's DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

NASA’s DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

September 26 (Reuters) – NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in the world’s first test of a planetary defense system, designed to prevent a possible apocalyptic meteorite collision with the Earth. Humanity’s first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body took place …

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Move over, Bruce Willis: NASA pushes an asteroid to test planetary defense

Move over, Bruce Willis: NASA pushes an asteroid to test planetary defense

This illustration shows the DART spacecraft approaching the two asteroids, Didymos and Dimorphos, with a small observation spacecraft nearby. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben hide caption toggle caption Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben This illustration shows the DART spacecraft approaching the two asteroids, Didymos and Dimorphos, with a small observation spacecraft nearby. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins …

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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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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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The Artemis 1 moon rocket on the pad at NASA

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket passes crucial refueling test

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket passed a critical refueling test on Wednesday, September 21, which could keep it on track for a scheduled liftoff on September 27. Artemis 1 will send an unmanned Orion capsule into lunar orbit using a giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. NASA attempted to launch the mission on September 3 …

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NASA is working on a new leak for the Artemis I tanking test ahead of potential launch next week

NASA is working on a new leak for the Artemis I tanking test ahead of potential launch next week

NASA today began its tanking test of the core and upper stage of the Space Launch System at Kennedy Space Center, which could pave the way for the launch of Artemis I to the moon next week, but a new leak in a fuel line has once again given NASA headaches. The test, which took …

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