NASA Successfully Slams DART Rocket Into Asteroid

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is schedule to collide with the asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. EST
This illustration made available by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA depicts NASA's DART probe, center, and Italian Space Agency's (ASI) LICIACube, bottom right, at the Didymos system before impact with the asteroid Dimorphos, left. DART is expected to zero in on the asteroid Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph. The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock. (Steve Gribben/Johns Hopkins APL/NASA via AP)

At a glance

  • The project was led in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • The mission remains on track despite the coming of Hurricane Ian.
  • Should it prove successful, DART may provide a roadmap for the prevention of terrestrial collisions with celestial objects.
  • NASA scientist inside the control room cheering when the mission proved a success.

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