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NASA’s DART spacecraft hits asteroid in first-ever earth defense test

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

A rogue asteroid hurtling towards earth threatening to wipe out the life from the planet and humanity has one shot to save all. So, the world sends a team of brave heroes to pilot a spacecraft into the space and destroy the incoming mass projectile.

According to the official reports, in a historic move, NASA slammed a spacecraft into an asteroid target in a first-ever attempt to move an asteroid in space, a demonstration of planetary defence exercise. The space agency’s spacecraft launched in November last year kept pursuing the target, a space rock, Dimorphos, seven million miles from earth and hit it successfully.

The report further added that NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, as it is called targeted the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, a small body just 530 feet (160 meters) in diameter but posed no threat to earth. The mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, announced the successful impact. DART’s impact with the asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates a viable mitigation technique for protecting the planet from an Earth-bound asteroid or comet if one were discovered, NASA said in its statement after the collision.


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