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NASA’s Dart mission successfully intercepted an asteroid in a planetary defense test

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New York: After 10 months of flying into space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — the world’s first demonstration of planetary defense technology — successfully impacted its asteroid target, sending the agency’s asteroid into space. First attempt.

Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successful impact at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday.

“At its core, DART represents an unprecedented achievement for planetary defense, but it is also a mission of unity with real benefits for all of humanity,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement. “

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Nelson added, “While NASA studies the universe and our home planet, we’re also working to protect that home, and this international collaboration turns science fiction into science fact, which is Earth.” shows a way to protect,” Nelson added.

As part of NASA’s overall planetary defense strategy, Dart’s impact with Asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates viable mitigation techniques to protect the planet from an Earth-bound asteroid or comet.

Dart targeted the asteroid moon Dimorphos, a small body just 530 feet (160 meters) in diameter. It orbits a large, 2,560-foot (780 m) asteroid called Didymos. Neither asteroid is a threat to Earth.

The mission’s one-way trip confirmed that NASA could successfully navigate the spacecraft to deliberately collide with an asteroid and deflect it, a technique known as kinetic impact.

The research team will now observe Dimorphos using ground-based telescopes to confirm that DART’s impact changed the asteroid’s orbit around Didymos.]

Researchers expect the impact to shorten Dimorphos’ orbit by about 1 percent, or about 10 minutes. Measuring precisely how much the asteroid was deflected is one of the primary goals of the full-scale test.

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