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NASA spacecraft will smash into an asteroid at 15,000 mph

A NASA spacecraft that has spent the higher a part of a 12 months prepped to smash into its goal asteroid will lastly achieve this Monday at almost 15,000 mph, the company mentioned in a launch.

Subsequent week’s Double Asteroid Redirection Check, often known as DART, is slated for 7:14 p.m. ET Monday and can function “the world’s first mission to check expertise for defending Earth in opposition to potential asteroid or comet hazards.”

Dimorphos, the asteroid that the spacecraft is concentrating on, is 525 ft vast and “poses no menace to Earth,” in accordance with NASA.

“The check will present a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a goal asteroid and deliberately collide with it to vary the asteroid’s movement in a manner that may be measured utilizing ground-based telescopes,” NASA mentioned within the launch, noting the check “will present necessary information to assist higher put together for an asteroid which may pose an impression hazard to Earth, ought to one ever be found.”

These occupied with witnessing the historic second — or a portion of it — can watch NASA’s briefing stay Monday at 6 p.m. ET, out there for the general public on NASA’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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