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When NASA smashes a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday, individuals on Earth will get a particularly shut have a look at the motion.
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Take a look at (DART) is headed for its closing vacation spot, the floor of an asteroid known as Dimorphos, which it’s going to crash into at speeds of over 14,000 miles per hour. Researchers are hoping that the collision will change the asteroid’s orbit, rushing it up only a tiny bit.
Neither Dimorphos, nor its bigger companion, Didymos, pose any hazard to Earth, however the experiment is designed to check whether or not or not an analogous affect might make a distinction if scientists ever found an asteroid…